Definition of galenical in English:

galenical

Line breaks: gal¦en|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ɡəˈlɛnɪk(ə)l
 
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Medicine

adjective

  • 1(Of a medicine) made of natural rather than synthetic components.
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    • Because a double-blind procedure could not be guaranteed with the commercially available galenical form (lyophilized powder), a methylprednisolone solution that was characterized by its limpidity was used.
    • Phytopharmaceuticals are not conventional drugs, but they are also very different from galenical extracts.
    • This new galenical form is provided only for ambulatory treatments; it is intended for both children and adults.
  • 2 (Galenical) Relating to Galen.
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    • Harvey's observations clearly showed the Galenical view to be erroneous.
    • For the next 1500 years Western medicine was termed Galenical and extended its influence throughout Europe and into the New World.
    • Under the Galenical system, the way to increase the power of a remedy was to add more and more plants that had the opposite action from the humor that was supposedly causing the illness.

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  • A medicine made of natural rather than synthetic components.
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    • Even crude drugs, made from medicinal plants, were standardized during preparation to give galenicals having the same potency from batch to batch and as given in the pharmacopoeias.
    • Some of these drugs derived from galenicals or were designed by structural alteration of known drugs.
    • There have been at least three noted galenicals which appeared in the middle of the 17th and 18th centuries, used an infusion of Cinchona bark as a remedy for agues and fevers.

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