[gey-len-i-kuh l, guh-]


an herb or other vegetable drug, distinguished from a mineral or chemical drug.
a crude drug, tincture, or decoction, distinguished from a preparation that has been refined.


(initial capital letter) Galenic(def 1).

Origin of galenical

First recorded in 1645–55; Galenic + -al1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for galenical



any drug prepared from plant or animal tissue, esp vegetables, rather than being chemically synthesized


denoting or belonging to this group of drugs

Word Origin for galenical

C17: after Galen
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galenical in Medicine


[gā-lĕnĭ-kəl, gə-]


A medicinal preparation composed mainly of herbal or vegetable matter.
A remedy prepared according to an official formula.


Of, relating to, or being a medicinal preparation made up chiefly of herbal or vegetable matter.
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