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Definition of Materia medica

Materia medica: 1. The branch of medical science concerned with the study of drugs used in the treatment of disease: includes pharmacology, clinical pharmacology, and the history and physical and chemical properties of drugs. 2. The drugs used in the treatment of disease. A synonym for pharmacology.

From the Medieval Latin meaning medical material.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 9/20/2012

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