[maj-uh-struh l]
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Origin of magistral

1565–75; < Latin magistrālis of a master, equivalent to magist(e)r master + -ālis -al1
Related formsmag·is·tral·i·ty, nounmag·is·tral·ly, mag·is·trat·i·cal·ly [maj-uh-strat-ik-lee] /ˌmædʒ əˈstræt ɪk li/, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for magistral


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of a master
  2. pharmacol obsolete made up according to a special prescriptionCompare officinal
  3. fortifications determining the location of other fortificationsthe magistral line
  1. a fortification in a determining position
Derived Formsmagistrality (ˌmædʒɪˈstrælɪtɪ), nounmagistratically (ˌmædʒɪˈstrætɪkəlɪ), adverb

Word Origin for magistral

C16: from Latin magistrālis concerning a master, from magister master
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for magistral

1570s, from Latin magistralis "of a master," from magister "chief, director" (see master (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

magistral in Medicine


  1. Prepared as specified by a physician's prescription. Used of medicine.
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