Word meaning of Materia Medica: - Medical material or the substances used in medicine.
Origin: Late 17th century modern Latin, translation of Greek hulē iatrikē ‘healing material’ (the title of a work by Dioscorides).
According to Oxford Dictionary:- The study of the origin and properties of substances used in the practice of medicine.
According to Vocabulary.com: - The science or study of drugs, their preparation and properties and uses and effects.
Materia Medica:- It is a branch of medical science which deals with the origin, preparation, effect of drugs on human beings, their dosage and their mode of administration.
Homeopathic materia medica: - It is a record and collection of symptoms produced by a drug on healthy human beings. It also incorporate the observations of poisoning and overdosing. It is store house of carefully and faithfully recording of all altered sensations and functions, all subjective and objective symptoms experienced by provers. It has every action and reaction of drugs. Hahnemann was the first who tested and recorded all such findings in his book" Materia Medica Pura ( Reine Arzneimittellehre)"