\mətˈi͡əɹɪə mˈɛdɪkə], \mətˈiəɹɪə mˈɛdɪkə], \m_ə_t_ˈiə_ɹ_ɪ__ə m_ˈɛ_d_ɪ_k_ə]\
Definitions of MATERIA MEDICA
- 2006 - WordNet 3.0
- 2011 - English Dictionary Database
- 2010 - Medical Dictionary Database
- 1920 - A practical medical dictionary.
- 1898 - Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today.
- 1914 - Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language
- 1874 - Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language
- 1846 - Medical lexicon: a dictionary of medical science
- 1898 - American pocket medical dictionary
- 1916 - Appleton's medical dictionary
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By Princeton University
By DataStellar Co., Ltd
Materials or substances used in the composition of traditional medical remedies. The use of this term in MeSH was formerly restricted to historical articles or those concerned with traditional medicine, but it can also refer to homeopathic remedies. Nosodes are specific types of homeopathic remedies prepared from causal agents or disease products.
By DataStellar Co., Ltd
By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop
By William R. Warner
By Nuttall, P.Austin.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.
The division of medical science which treats of the knowledge of medicines; their action on the animal economy, and mode of administration. The study of the Materia Medica is one of great importance; it is a study of the tools with which the practitioner has to work in the cure of disease. Much labour has been spent in contriving classifications of the Materia Medica. Some have arranged the articles according to their natural resemblances: others according to their real or presumed virtues: others, according to their active constituent principles. The Pharmacopoeias place them alphabetically. Perhaps the best classification would be one founded on the agency exerted by the articles on the different tissues; but this arrangement, in the present state of science, is by no means easy; and, moreover, ideas in regard to the action of medicines are so associated with certain terms, - as narcotics, tonics, sedatives, &c., employed to denote certain operations, which they are esteemed capable of producing, that, to abandon them, would be to throw obstacles in the way of the student, without the ultimate advantage accruing to him of possessing a better knowledge of the modus operandi of medicines than when a classification, somewhat resembling those usually embraced, is adopted. Of old, the Materia Medica consisted of more articles than at present. The tendency, indeed, is, and must be, to diminish it still further; to get rid of those articles which possess no advantages over others equally common, or whose properties are doubtful. In a dictionary, it becomes necessary to insert all that have been reputed to possess virtues; but the majority are unnecesary. The catalogue might be largely reduced with impunity.
By Robley Dunglison
By Willam Alexander Newman Dorland