Webster 1913 Edition
[F., fr. L.
officinaa workshop, contr. fr.
facereto make or do.]
Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
[Obs. or R.]
Kept in stock by apothecaries; – said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not
☞ This term is often interchanged with official, but in strict use officinal drugs are not necessarily official. See
Webster 1828 Edition
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.