Definition of pharmacopeia in English:


Syllabification: phar·ma·co·pe·ia
Pronunciation: /ˌfärməkəˈpēə
(also pharmacopoeia)


  • 1A book, especially an official publication, containing a list of medicinal drugs with their effects and directions for their use.
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    • The official pharmacopoeia of the London College of Physicians of 1676 gave directions for the extraction of animal reproductive organs as a treatment for numerous illnesses and as sexual stimulants.
    • A 1929 European pharmacopoeia listed 80 patent medicines whose ingredients were radioactive: they came in the form of bath salts, liniment, suppositories, and toothpaste.
    • The solution is to develop an official pharmacopoeia similar to the German commission E monographs.
  • 1.1A stock of medicinal drugs.
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    • When arrested, Ryder was found to have not only store merchandise in her purse, but a virtual pharmacopeia.
    • But to dispense is to feel and to feel is an honor, which might just provide a precious second chance at realization and is this not better than any pharmacopoeia?
    • By modern standards, Civil War pharmacopoeia consisted almost entirely of deadly poisons.


early 17th century: modern Latin, from Greek pharmakopoiia 'art of preparing drugs', based on pharmakon 'drug' + -poios 'making'.

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