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[ahr-muh-muh n-tair-ee-uh m, -men-]
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noun, plural ar·ma·men·tar·i·a [ahr-muh-muh n-tair-ee-uh, -men-] /ˌɑr mə mənˈtɛər i ə, -mɛn-/.
  1. the aggregate of equipment, methods, and techniques available to one for carrying out one's duties: The stethoscope is still an essential part of the physician's armamentarium.
  2. a fruitful source of devices or materials available or used for an undertaking: The new arts center is an armamentarium for creative activity.
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Origin of armamentarium

1855–60; < Latin armāmentārium armory, equivalent to armāment(a) (see armament) + -ārium -arium
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Related Words for armamentarium

armory, equipment, store, collection, apparatus

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Historical Examples of armamentarium

  • There is another reason why these California remedies should become a part of our armamentarium.

    New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers


  • Tourniquets, placed upon the carotid arteries, occupy a position of great honor in the armamentarium of such people.

  • In dealing with the cases in the better-to-do and the rich, one has more weapons in the armamentarium.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson

British Dictionary definitions for armamentarium


noun plural -iums or -ia (-ɪə)
  1. the items that comprise the material and equipment used by a physician in his professional practice
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Word Origin and History for armamentarium


1874, Latin, literally "little arsenal," from armamentum (see armament). Englished as armamentary (1731).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

armamentarium in Medicine


n. pl. ar•ma•men•tar•i•ums
  1. The complete equipment of a physician or medical institution, including drugs, books, supplies, and instruments.
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