- 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
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Examples from the Web for pharmacopoeial
Convention of Nov. 29, 1906, regarding the unification of pharmacopoeial formulae for potent drugs.
The pharmacopoeial mixture is best avoided, being almost uniquely nauseous.
sometimes US pharmacopeia
- an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make
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- A book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use.
- A collection or stock of drugs.
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