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  1. materia medica(def 2).
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Origin of pharmacognosy

First recorded in 1835–45; pharmaco- + -gnos(is) + -y3
Related formsphar·ma·cog·no·sist, nounphar·ma·cog·nos·tic [fahr-muh-kog-nos-tik] /ˌfɑr mə kɒgˈnɒs tɪk/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for pharmacognosy

Historical Examples

  • I have searched the usual works of reference on pharmacognosy without being able to find any reference to a drug of this name.

    The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 1 of 2


British Dictionary definitions for pharmacognosy


  1. the branch of pharmacology concerned with crude drugs of plant and animal origin
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Derived Formspharmacognosist, nounpharmacognostic (ˌfɑːməkɒɡˈnɒstɪk), adjective

Word Origin

C19: from pharmaco- + gnosy, from Greek gnosis knowledge
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pharmacognosy in Medicine


  1. The branch of pharmacology that deals with drugs in their crude or natural state.
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