or phar·ma·co·pe·ia

[ fahr-muh-kuh-pee-uh ]
/ ˌfɑr mə kəˈpi ə /

noun Pharmacology.

a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal preparations, requirements and tests for their strength and purity, and other related information.
a stock of drugs.

Origin of pharmacopoeia

1615–25; < New Latin < Greek pharmakopoiía drug-maker's art, equivalent to phármako(n) drug + -poi(os) making (poi(eîn) to make + -os adj. suffix) + -ia -ia
Related formsphar·ma·co·poe·ial, phar·ma·co·poe·ic, adjectivephar·ma·co·poe·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pharmacopeia


sometimes US pharmacopeia

/ (ˌfɑːməkəˈpiːə) /


an authoritative book containing a list of medicinal drugs with their uses, preparation, dosages, formulas, etc
Derived Formspharmacopoeial or pharmacopoeic, adjectivepharmacopoeist, noun

Word Origin for pharmacopoeia

C17: via New Latin from Greek pharmakopoiia art of preparing drugs, from pharmaco- + -poiia, from poiein to make
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Word Origin and History for pharmacopeia



also pharmacopoeia, "official book listing drugs and containing directions for their preparation," 1620s, from medical Latin, from Greek pharmakopoiia "preparation of drugs," from pharmakon "drug" (see pharmacy) + poiein "to make" (see poet). First used as a book title by Anutius Foesius (1528-1595) of Basel. Related: Pharmacopeial.

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Medicine definitions for pharmacopeia



A book containing an official list of medicinal drugs together with articles on their preparation and use.
A collection or stock of drugs.
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