materia medica

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materia medica:

see pharmacologypharmacology,
study of the changes produced in living animals by chemical substances, especially the actions of drugs, substances used to treat disease. Systematic investigation of the effects of drugs based on animal experimentation and the use of isolated and purified active
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materia medica

[mə′tir·ē·ə ′med·ə·kə]
(pharmacology)
The science that treats of the sources, properties, and preparation of medicinal substances.
The materials from which medicinal substances are prepared.
A treatise on the subject.