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officinal

[ uh-fis-uh-nl ]
/ əˈfɪs ə nl /
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adjective
kept in stock by apothecaries, as a drug.Compare magistral (def. 1).
recognized by a pharmacopoeia.
noun
an officinal medicine.
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Origin of officinal

1710–20; <Medieval Latin officīnālis of a store or workshop, equivalent to Latin officīn(a) workshop, presumably contraction of opificīna (opific-, stem of opifex artisan, equivalent to opi-, combining form akin to opus work + -fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -īna-ine1; cf. office) + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM officinal

of·fic·i·nal·ly, adverbnon·of·fic·i·nal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for officinal

officinal
/ (ɒˈfɪsɪnəl, ˌɒfɪˈsaɪnəl) pharmacol obsolete /

adjective
(of pharmaceutical products) available without prescription
(of a plant) having pharmacological properties
noun
an officinal preparation or plant

Derived forms of officinal

officinally, adverb

Word Origin for officinal

C17: from Medieval Latin officīnālis, from Latin officīna workshop; see office
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Medical definitions for officinal

officinal
[ ə-fĭsə-nəl, ŏf′ĭ-sīnəl ]

adj.
Readily available in pharmacies; not requiring special preparation.
Recognized by a pharmacopoeia.
n.
An official drug.
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