Definition some terms of pharmacy
Definition of some terms of pharmacy

ANTIDOTE – A substance which modifies or opposes the effects of a remedy.

ALKALOID – A nitrogenous body of a basic alkali which can be extracted from most poisonous plants by chemical means.

ACID – A compound which contains hydrogen.

ALKALI – A water soluble base

ATOM – Smallest portion of an element which can take part in a chemical reaction.

BALSAMS – They are mixtures or resinous substances.

BASE – An oxide or hydroxide of a metal (or non-metal)

CONCORDANT REMEDIES – Drugs whose actions are similar but of dissimilar origin.

COMPLEMENTARY – A relation wherein one drug completes the cure which was commenced by another drug.

COMPOUNDS – When two or more elements chemically unite in some definite proportion.

CONDENSE – To make or become dense.

DAY BOOK – It is the registry of drug proving where the provers record their symptoms day by day basis.

DRUG – A substance which alters the function or nutrition of a part or parts of the body.

DECANTATION – It is a process of pouring gently and slowly a liquid without disturbing insoluble solid substances.

DESICATION – It is a process of drying or removing the moisture contained in any substance.

ELEMENT – An unanalysable substance.

ESTERS – Organic compounds formed by reactions between acids and alcohols.

INIMICAL REMEDIES – Drugs which have a relation of enmity towards each other and therefore do not follow each other well.

MONOGRPH – It is detailed record of the standard specification for each drug or medicine recorded in pharmacopeia.

PHARMACOKINETICS – The way in which the body handles the drug preparation.

PHARMACODYNAMICS – The molecule which is carrying pharmacological message in the body.

PHARMACOGNOSY – It is one of the branch of pharmacology which deals with the characteristics of various source of drugs which serve as a means of identification, like distribution, morphology, cellular structure, biochemistry etc.

POSOLOGY – Study of doses.

PHARMACEUTIC – Knowledge of preparing medicine.

PHARMACIST – Person who prepares or dispenses medicines.

PHARMACOMANIA – Abnormal tendency for taking drugs.

PHARMACOPEDICS – Teaching of pharmacy.

PHARMACOPHILLIA – Self-drugging.

PHARMACOPHOBIA – Dread of medicines.

PHARMACOPRAXY – Crude drug substances are converted into real medicines.

PLACEBO – From the Latin – to please.

REMEDY – Medicine administered to perform a cure.

POLYCHREST – From the Greek word – many uses.

TOXICOLOGY – Science of poisons.

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