materia medica


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n materia medica the science or study of drugs: their preparation and properties and uses and effects
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Materia medica Material or substance used in the composition of remedies; -- a general term for all substances used as curative agents in medicine.
    • Materia medica That branch of medical science which treats of the sources, nature and properties of all the substances that are employed for the cure of diseases, primarily with natural preparations, rather than pure or synthetic medicines; pharmacognosy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Materia medica ma-tē′ri-a med′i-ka, the various substances used in making up medicines: the science of the nature and use of substances used as medicines.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. See Matter, and Medical
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. materia, material, medicus, medical.


In literature:

THE MATERIA MEDICA includes all those substances, which may contribute to the restoration of health.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
FLINT, JAMES M. Classification and arrangement of the materia medica collection.
"History of the Division of Medical Sciences" by Sami Khalaf Hamarneh
The Board then proceeded to elect Dr. Mussey professor of Theory and Practice and Materia Medica.
"The History of Dartmouth College" by Baxter Perry Smith
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
I found nothing in the Materia Medica that could cure the fact.
"The Gates Between" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps
Doctor Daniel Drake, Professor of Materia Medica and Medical Botany.
"The History of the Medical Department of Transylvania University" by Robert Peter
Materia Medica Regni Vegetabilis.
"Lives of Eminent Zoologists, from Aristotle to Linnæus" by William MacGillivray
Destroy it from the earth and the Materia Medica of civilization would lose nothing.
"Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants" by A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
In their hall in Queen Street are a valuable library and a museum of materia medica.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
Royle's Manual of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
"Schweigger on Squint" by C. Schweigger
"A Statistical Inquiry Into the Nature and Treatment of Epilepsy" by Alexander Hughes Bennett
"The Pros and Cons of Vivisection" by Charles Richet
Manual of Materia Medica, by Togno.
"Rob of the Bowl, Vol. I (of 2)" by John P. Kennedy
Materia medica, pharmacy, chemistry, enticed him at first, but after a time presented no charms.
"Etidorhpa or the End of Earth." by John Uri Lloyd
Dr. Duncan's lectures on Materia Medica at 8 o'clock on a winter's morning are something fearful to remember.
"Charles Darwin: His Life in an Autobiographical Chapter, and in a Selected Series of His Published Letters" by Charles Darwin
Lewis Rogers, M. D., Professor of Materia Medica and Therapeutics.
"The History of Louisville, from the Earliest Settlement till the Year 1852" by Ben Casseday
That the importance of the materia medica of the tubercular virtues ought not to be exaggerated.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
Chemically, I think it has possibilities; the ancients found it useful in Materia Medica, and there may still be a use in this line.
"Cork: Its Origin and Industrial Uses" by Gilbert E. Stecher
Theophrastus was the founder of the science of botany, Dioscorides the founder of materia medica.
"An Introduction to the History of Science" by Walter Libby
FLINT, JAMES M. Classification and arrangement of the materia medica collection.
"Smithsonian Institution - United States National Museum - Bulletin 240" by Anonymous