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or pharmacopeia

[fahr-muh-kuh-pee-uh] /ˌfɑr mə kəˈpi ə/
noun, Pharmacology.
a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal preparations, requirements and tests for their strength and purity, and other related information.
a stock of drugs.
Origin of pharmacopoeia
1615-25; < New Latin < Greek pharmakopoiía drug-maker's art, equivalent to phármako(n) drug + -poi(os) making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related forms
pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeic, adjective
pharmacopoeist, noun Unabridged
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  • He took it dazedly, then dropped it, and the Little Chemist picked it up; he had no prescription like that in his pharmacopoeia.

  • Above all, the doctor—the doctor and the purulent trash and garbage of his pharmacopoeia!

    The Pocket R.L.S. Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Having occasion to consult the "pharmacopoeia," he had written it at home, and had promised to send it to the patient immediately.

    Heart and Science Wilkie Collins
  • Above all the doctor—the doctor and the purulent trash and garbage of his pharmacopoeia!

    The Merry Men Robert Louis Stevenson
  • They furnish, however, the pharmacopoeia of medicine and not the practice of medicine.

  • The British pharmacopoeia has an ointment containing one part of chrysarobin and 24 of benzoated lard.

  • You have amply satisfied me as to the potency of the late Mrs. Marjoram's pharmacopoeia.

    The Secret Glory Arthur Machen
  • Fellow-creatures afflicted by maladies your pharmacopoeia had failed to reach came to me for relief, and they found it.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Why, the prescriptions of the pharmacopoeia would form a pretty large library by themselves.

    The Memorabilia Xenophon
  • Both the chaplain and the surgeon had seen such cases, and nothing in the pharmacopoeia could cure them.

    Betty at Fort Blizzard Molly Elliot Seawell
British Dictionary definitions for pharmacopoeia


an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
Derived Forms
pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeic, adjective
pharmacopoeist, noun
Word Origin
C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make
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pharmacopoeia in Medicine

pharmacopoeia phar·ma·co·poe·ia or phar·ma·co·pe·ia (fär'mə-kə-pē'ə)

  1. A book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use.

  2. A collection or stock of drugs.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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