officinal

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French, from Latin officina a workshop, contracted from opificina, from opifex a workman; opus work + facere to make or do.

Adjective[edit]

officinal (comparative more officinal, superlative most officinal)

  1. Medicinal.
  2. (obsolete, rare) Used in a shop, or belonging to it.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Johnson to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete, pharmaceutical) Kept in stock by apothecaries; said of such drugs and medicines as may be obtained without special preparation or compounding; not magistral.