Origin of officinal
Examples from the Web for officinal
The Acetate crystallises in tufts of needles; as stated, it is not officinal in any of the European pharmacopœias.
An ointment, made of one part of the extract to nine of simple ointment, is officinal in the German pharmacopœia.
The leaves are the officinal part, and their active properties depend on a peculiar, oily-like alkaloid, called Nicotin.The Commercial Products of the Vegetable Kingdom|P. L. Simmonds
The rhizome, which is the officinal part, though yellow in the recent root, becomes of a dark yellowish-brown by age.
Some of the plants were once used as a purgative, as in the case of the officinal polyporus, the great puff ball, etc.Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc.|George Francis Atkinson
British Dictionary definitions for officinal
Word Origin for officinal
Word Origin and History for officinal
"kept in stock by a druggist," c.1720, from French officinal, from Medieval Latin officinalis, literally "of or belonging in an officina," a storeroom (of a monastery) for medicines and necessaries, in classical Latin "workshop, manufactory, laboratory," contraction of *opificina, from opifex (genitive opificis) "worker, workman, maker, doer" (from opus "work;" see opus) + -fex, -ficis "one who does," from facere "do, perform" (see factitious). Related: Officinally.