materia medica

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the science that deals with the origin, nature, chemistry, effects, and uses of drugs; it includes pharmacognosy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, pharmacotherapeutics, and toxicology. adj., adj pharmacolog´ic.

ma·te·ri·a med·'i·ca

1. that aspect of medical science concerned with the origin and preparation of drugs, their doses, and their mode of administration;
See also: pharmacognosy, pharmacology.
2. any agent used therapeutically.
See also: pharmacognosy, pharmacology.
[L. medical matter]

materia medica

(mə-tîr′ē-ə mĕd′ĭ-kə)
1. (used with a sing. verb) The scientific study of medicinal drugs and their sources, preparation, and use.
2. (used with a pl. verb) Substances used in the preparation of medicinal drugs.

Materia Medica

A reference encyclopaedia that lists the effects of homeopathic remedies.

ma·te·ri·a med·i·ca

(mă-tē'rē-ă med'i-kă)
1. That aspect of medical science concerned with the origin and preparation of drugs, their doses, and their mode of administration.
2. Any agent used therapeutically.
See also: pharmacognosy, pharmacology
[L. medical matter]

materia medica

An out-dated term for PHARMACOLOGY especially in relation to the treatment of disease by drugs (therapeutics).

Materia medica

In homeopathy, reference books compiled from provings of the various natural remedies.

ma·te·ri·a med·i·ca

(mă-tē'rē-ă med'i-kă)
Aspect of medical science concerned with origin and preparation of drugs, their doses, and mode of administration.
[L. medical matter]
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Wang, Chinese Marine Materia Medica, Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers, Shanghai, China, 2009.
Sections: An introduction to Dioscorides' De Materia Medica and Matthioli's Renaissance commentary is followed by a description of the employed methodology.
The Eclectic Materia Medica, Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Two of the most important books for the professional, or even the serious amateur homeopath, are the Materia Medica and the Repertory.
In late January, Angel noted that the creation of this JV along with another one with Russian NPF Materia Medica Holding OOO (MMH) was crucial as otherwise the companya[euro](tm)s cash resources may be exhausted by the end of March 2013.
The materia medica covers 120 medicinal plants and 22 non-botanical remedies, including details of administration and dosage, pharmacology, and cross-cultural uses of bush medicine.
A joint venture with Materia Medica Holdings, announced in October 2011, will change the contract structure so that Angel receives regular revenue from each programme rather than payment on attainment of milestones.
On to Pedanius Dioscorides, a Greek physician, pharmacologist and botanist as well as the author of De Materia Medica - a five-volume encyclopaedia about herbal medicine and related medicinal substances that was widely read for more than 1,500 years.
17 October 2011 - UK biopharmaceutical contract manufacturer Angel Biotechnology Holdings plc (AIM:ABH) said today that the company and Russian OOO NPF Materia Medica Holding (MMH) had agreed to set up a joint venture (JV) company, to be 51% owned by MMH and 49% owned by Angel.
In his Materia Medica, Dioscorides (20) (1st century AD) referred to squirting cucumber and water figwort as having antitumour affinities; orobos (lathyrus) and chamaipus (ajuga) were considered specifically beneficial against hard lumps in the breast, and asklepias (milkweed) against malignant breast sores.
Phase 2 of the NHAA Materia Medica survey is ready and open for comment
He shifted to another holistic system and developed the system of medicine tested by qualified doctors who have written their 'Materia Medica', which we now call homoeopathy.