One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A book, especially an official publication, containing a list of medicinal drugs with their effects and directions for their use.
- ‘A 1929 European pharmacopoeia listed 80 patent medicines whose ingredients were radioactive: they came in the form of bath salts, liniment, suppositories, and toothpaste.’
- ‘The official pharmacopoeia of the London College of Physicians of 1676 gave directions for the extraction of animal reproductive organs as a treatment for numerous illnesses and as sexual stimulants.’
- ‘The solution is to develop an official pharmacopoeia similar to the German commission E monographs.’
- ‘This two-volume opus presents the pharmacopoeias of Western Herbal traditions with the symptom pictures of Chinese Medicine.’
- ‘Rouyer published a pharmacopoeia that is of interest to the historian of pharmacology.’
- 1.1 A stock of medicinal drugs.
- ‘While marijuana isn't included among the 2,000-odd plants and minerals that Kuo keeps in stock, he says that it is nonetheless part of the traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia.’
- ‘By modern standards, Civil War pharmacopoeia consisted almost entirely of deadly poisons.’
- ‘However, the benefits of oral dosing and the lack of any theoretic or known long-term toxicity make them part of the current asthma pharmacopeia.’
- ‘But to dispense is to feel and to feel is an honor, which might just provide a precious second chance at realization and is this not better than any pharmacopoeia?’
- ‘When arrested, Ryder was found to have not only store merchandise in her purse, but a virtual pharmacopeia.’
Early 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek pharmakopoiia ‘art of preparing drugs’, based on pharmakon ‘drug’ + -poios ‘making’.
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