Meaning of galenical in English:


Pronunciation /ɡəˈlɛnɪk(ə)l/


  • 1(of a medicine) made of natural rather than synthetic components.

    ‘Because a double-blind procedure could not be guaranteed with the commercially available galenical form (lyophilized powder), a methylprednisolone solution that was characterized by its limpidity was used.’
    • ‘Phytopharmaceuticals are not conventional drugs, but they are also very different from galenical extracts.’
    • ‘This new galenical form is provided only for ambulatory treatments; it is intended for both children and adults.’
    • ‘Is one of the leading manufacturers and exporters of botanical, galenical, herbal and plant extracts in China.’
    • ‘The formulae for galenical preparations and solutions are arranged on a somewhat novel plan, every preparation being made up, except in few instances, to one hundred parts by weight or volume.’
  • 2

    (also Galenical)
    Relating to Galen.

    ‘Harvey's observations clearly showed the Galenical view to be erroneous.’
    • ‘For the next 1500 years Western medicine was termed Galenical and extended its influence throughout Europe and into the New World.’
    • ‘Under the Galenical system, the way to increase the power of a remedy was to add more and more plants that had the opposite action from the humor that was supposedly causing the illness.’


  • A medicine made of natural rather than synthetic components.

    ‘Even crude drugs, made from medicinal plants, were standardized during preparation to give galenicals having the same potency from batch to batch and as given in the pharmacopoeias.’
    • ‘Some of these drugs derived from galenicals or were designed by structural alteration of known drugs.’
    • ‘There have been at least three noted galenicals which appeared in the middle of the 17th and 18th centuries, used an infusion of Cinchona bark as a remedy for agues and fevers.’
    • ‘The galenicals included here are named by their appropriate pharmaceutical category.’
    • ‘Furthermore, medicinal plants constitute a source of valuable foreign exchange for most developing countries, as they are a ready source of drugs such as quinine and reserpine; of galenicals like tinctures and of intermediates in the production of semi-synthetic drugs.’