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1. Pharmacol a medicinal extract in a solution of alcohol
2. a tint, colour, or tinge
a medicinal alcoholic preparation derived from raw vegetable matter. Tinctures are usually prepared by infusing the vegetable matter in ethyl alcohol or, less commonly, in a mixture of ethyl alcohol and medicinal ether. Another less common method involves dissolving an extract from the plant. Tinctures are classified as galenicals and are prescribed for internal use only.
A dilute solution (aqueous or aqueous alcoholic) of a drug or chemical; more dilute than fluid extracts, less volatile than spirits.
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