Definition of formulary in English:


Line breaks: for¦mu|lary
Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːmjʊləri

noun (plural formularies)

  • 1A collection of set forms, especially for use in religious ceremonies.
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    • Not only are they against the spirit and the letter of Anglican formularies, they are against one of the decrees of the Council of Nicaea, as we point out.
    • One source that is missing is the historic formularies, the ‘confessional’ documents of the various Christian traditions.
    • Worship is deeply important to Anglicans, and for that reason the Book of Common Prayer occupies an important place in Anglican formularies.
  • 2An official list giving details of prescribable medicines.
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    • The national formulary of medicines lists the essential drugs that can be acquired by, and distributed through, Mozambique's national health system.
    • Essential drug lists or formularies are already widespread in rich countries - for example, in hospitals, in health maintenance organisations in the United States, and in primary care in the United Kingdom.
    • This is especially important for drugs listed in the formulary with a black triangle next to the drug's name (any new NSAID would carry this symbol).


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  • Relating to or using officially prescribed formulas.
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    • English lawyers knew of this procedure, and one even wrote a book on it, but there is no written trace of English legal knowledge, at this time, of the earlier roman formulary procedure.
    • Most patients who transferred to the pharmacy were prescribed a formulary product (table).
    • Through unique formulary technology, both detrimental attributes are eliminated in the described 60% ethyl alcohol hand gel formulation.


mid 16th century: the noun from French formulaire or medieval Latin formularius (liber) '(book) of formulae', from Latin formula (see formula); the adjective (early 18th century) is directly from formula.

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