Denoting a chemical or pharmaceutical preparation kept in stock, in contrast to magistral (prepared extemporaneously according to a physician's prescription); an o. preparation is often, though not necessarily, official. [L. officina, shop]

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of·fi·ci·nal ə-'fis-ən-əl, ȯ-, ä-; .ȯf-ə-'sīn-əl, .äf- adj
1 a) available without special preparation or compounding <\officinal medicine> compare MAGISTRAL
2) of a plant MEDICINAL <\officinal herbs> <\officinal rhubarb>
officinal n an officinal drug, medicine, or plant

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of·fic·i·nal (o-fisґĭ-nəl) [L. officinalis; officina shop] denoting pharmaceutical preparations that are regularly kept at pharmacies. Cf. magistral.

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