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Webster 1913 Edition


Officinal

Of-fic′i-nal

,
Adj.
[F., fr. L.
officina
a workshop, contr. fr.
opificina
, fr.
opifex
a workman;
opus
work +
facere
to make or do.]
1.
Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
[Obs. or R.]
Johnson.
2.
(Pharm.)
Kept in stock by apothecaries; – said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not
magistral
.
☞ This term is often interchanged with official, but in strict use officinal drugs are not necessarily official. See
Official
,
Adj.
, 3.

Webster 1828 Edition


Officinal

OFFIC'INAL

,
Adj.
[L. officina, a shop.]
Used in a shop or belonging to it. Officinal drugs, medicines and simples are such as are required to be constantly kept in the shops of apothecaries.

Definition 2021


officinal

officinal

English

Adjective

officinal (comparative more officinal, superlative most officinal)

  1. Medicinal.
  2. (obsolete, rare) Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
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  3. (obsolete, pharmaceutical) Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.