kept in stock by apothecaries, as a drug.: Compare magistral (def. 1).
recognized by a pharmacopoeia.
an officinal medicine.
- of·fic·i·nal·ly, adverb
- non·of·fic·i·nal, adjective
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How to use officinal in a sentence
The seed and oil, and a spirit and a water prepared from them, are officinal in the pharmacopias.
Both plants contain in the bark of their roots the same red dye as the officinal roots of the Alcanna tinctoria.
The root is quite the same as that of the officinal Radix senegæ.
Named from the country Liguria, where the officinal Lovage of the gardens abounds.
The pubic louse may be exterminated by the measures recommended for the head louse, or by the use of officinal mercurial ointment.Handbook of Medical Entomology | William Albert Riley
British Dictionary definitions for officinal
(of pharmaceutical products) available without prescription
(of a plant) having pharmacological properties
an officinal preparation or plant
- officinally, adverb
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