[dih-spen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
noun, plural dis·pen·sa·to·ries.
  1. a book in which the composition, preparation, and uses of medicinal substances are described; a nonofficial pharmacopoeia.
  2. a dispensary.

Origin of dispensatory

1560–70; < Medieval Latin dispēnsātōrium, Late Latin dispēnsātōrius of management, equivalent to Latin dispēnsā(re) (see dispense) + -tōrium -tory2
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noun plural -ries
  1. a book listing the composition, preparation, and application of various drugs
  1. of or involving dispensation
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dispensatory in Medicine


  1. A book in which the contents, preparation, physiologic action, and therapeutic uses of medicines are described.
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