also pharmacopeia noun Etymology: New Latin, from Late Greek pharmakopoiia preparation of drugs, from Greek pharmako- + poiein to make — more at poet Date: 1621 1. a book describing drugs, chemicals, and medicinal preparations; especially one issued by an officially recognized authority and serving as a standard 2. a collection or stock of drugs • pharmacopoeial also pharmacopeial adjective

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  • Pharmacopoeia — Phar ma*co*p[oe] ia, n. [NL., from Gr. farmakopoii: a the preparation of medicines; fa rmakon medicine + poiei^n to make.] 1. A book or treatise describing the drugs, preparations, etc., used in medicine; especially, one that is issued by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pharmacopoeia — meaning ‘an official directory of drugs’, is spelt poeia in BrE and poeia or peia in AmE. The pronunciation in both cases is fah mǝ kǝ pee ǝ …   Modern English usage

  • Pharmacopoeia — s issued by private individuals.HistorySome of the earliest pharmacopoeia books were written by Arabian and Persian physicians. [Philip K. Hitti (cf. Dr. Kasem Ajram (1992), Miracle of Islamic Science , Appendix B, Knowledge House Publishers.… …   Wikipedia

  • pharmacopoeia — pharmacopoeial, pharmacopoeic, adj. pharmacopoeist, n. /fahr meuh keuh pee euh/, n. Pharm. 1. a book published usually under the jurisdiction of the government and containing a list of drugs, their formulas, methods for making medicinal… …   Universalium

  • Pharmacopoeia — An official authoritative listing of drugs. Aspirin has, for example, long been in the pharmacopoeia. By extension, a pharmacopoeia is a collection or stock of drugs. * * * phar·ma·co·poe·ia or phar·ma·co·pe·ia .fär mə kə pē (y)ə n 1) a book… …   Medical dictionary

  • pharmacopoeia — UK [ˌfɑː(r)məkəˈpiːə] / US [ˌfɑrməkəˈpɪə] noun [countable] Word forms pharmacopoeia : singular pharmacopoeia plural pharmacopoeias medical a book that lists medicines and drugs used for treating medical conditions, and describes how to prepare… …   English dictionary

  • pharmacopoeia — [[t]fɑ͟ː(r)məkoʊpi͟ːə[/t]] pharmacopoeias N COUNT (The spelling pharmacopeia is also used, mainly in American English.) A pharmacopoeia is an official book that lists all the drugs that can be used to treat people in a particular country, and… …   English dictionary

  • pharmacopoeia — See United States Pharmacopoeia …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • pharmacopoeia — noun /fɑːməkəˈpiːə,ˌfɑɹ.mə.kəˈpi.ə/ a) An official book describing medicines or other pharmacological substances, especially their use, preparation, and regulation. b) A collection of drugs …   Wiktionary

  • pharmacopoeia — phar|ma|co|poe|ia [ˌfa:məkəˈpi:ə US ˌfa:r ] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Modern Latin; Origin: Late Greek pharmakopoiia making drugs , from Greek pharmakon ( PHARMACY) + poiein to make ] technical an official book giving information about medicines …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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