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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: o-fis'i-nal

Definition: Denoting a chemical or pharmaceutical preparation kept in stock, in contrast to magistral (prepared extemporaneously according to a physician's prescription); an officinal preparation is often, although not necessarily, official.

[L. officina, shop]

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