materia medica

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin materia (material) + medica, from medicus (medical)

Noun[edit]

materia medica (uncountable)

  1. (medicine) The study of the origin, preparation, dosage and administration of medical drugs. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Noun[edit]

materia medica pl (plural only)

  1. (medicine) The substances so used.