French, from Latin officina a workshop, contracted from opificina, from opifex a workman; opus work + facere to make or do.
officinal (comparative more officinal, superlative most officinal)
- (obsolete, rare) Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
- (obsolete, pharmaceutical) Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.