Definition of materia medica in English:

materia medica

Syllabification: ma·te·ria med·i·ca
Pronunciation: /məˈti(ə)rēə ˈmedikə


  • 1The body of remedial substances used in the practice of medicine.
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    • For the next 7 years, he continued his practice of medicine and lectured on materia medica in Cambridge, until his return to London, where he had a rich and productive professional career.
    • Even though, as far as I know, snail shell is not a substance used in the Chinese materia medica, it resembles in shape and quality other substances which are.
    • It is the milder substances that make up the vast bulk of the Chinese materia medica.
  • 1.1The study of the origin and properties of remedial substances used in medicine.
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    • The early licensure exams consisted of six sections: medical nursing, surgical nursing, dietetics and home sanitation, obstetrical nursing, anatomy and physiology and materia medica.
    • Herbal preparations from the traditional Ayur-Vedic materia medica were utilized according to clinical indications.
    • He was so convinced of the importance of Arabic medicine that he began to learn the language himself, and wrote commentaries praising the therapeutics and materia medica of al-Razi.


late 17th century: modern Latin, translation of Greek hulē iatrikē 'healing material' (the title of a work by Dioscorides).

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