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[guh-lee-nik, -len-ik]
  1. of, relating to, or containing galena.
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Origin of galenic

First recorded in 1820–30; galen(a) + -ic


[gey-len-ik, guh-]
  1. of or relating to Galen, his principles, or his methods.
  2. (usually lowercase) of or relating to galenicals or Galenic pharmacy.
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Origin of Galenic

First recorded in 1660–70; Galen + -ic
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Examples from the Web for galenic

Historical Examples

  • What is the secret of the vitality of these Galenic biological conceptions?

    The Legacy of Greece


  • The rete mirabile is an interesting survival of Galenic anatomy.

  • This we see particularly in a Galenic writer such as Riverius.

  • These three curative measures followed the best Galenic technique: releasing corrupting humors from the body.

  • Iecur fons venarum, the liver as the source of the veins, remained through the centuries the watchword of the Galenic physiology.

British Dictionary definitions for galenic


  1. of or relating to Galen or his teachings or methods
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