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[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.
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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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Examples from the Web for dispensatory

Historical Examples

  • Dispensatory: Described as a cathartic with roots tonic and aperient.

    The Sacred Formulas of the Cherokees

    James Mooney

  • Dispensatory: This species acts like P. uniflorum, which is said to be emetic.

  • Pharmacopia officinalis & extemporanea: or, A compleat English dispensatory.

  • Doron medicum: or, A supplement to the new London dispensatory.

  • Dispensatory: Described as a gentle nervous stimulant useful in diseases in which the nerves are especially affected.

British Dictionary definitions for dispensatory


noun plural -ries
  1. a book listing the composition, preparation, and application of various drugs
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  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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