Pharmacognosy Quiz

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What does pharmacognosy study?

Crude drugs obtained from natural sources

What is the origin of the term 'pharmacognosy'?

Greek words meaning 'drug' and 'knowledge'

Who first used the term 'pharmacognosy'?

Johann Adam Schmidt

What did pharmacognosy focus on during the 19th century?

Study of crude drugs from natural sources

What does the American Society of Pharmacognosy define pharmacognosy as?

Study of physical, chemical, biochemical, and biological properties of drugs of natural origin

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Definition and Origin of Pharmacognosy

  • Pharmacognosy studies the physical, chemical, biological, and biochemical properties of drugs or crude drugs of natural origin, including their identification, classification, and evaluation.

Etymology and History

  • The term "pharmacognosy" originates from the Greek words "pharmakon" meaning drug, and "gnosis" meaning knowledge.
  • The term "pharmacognosy" was first used by the Austrian physician Schmidt in 1811.
  • During the 19th century, pharmacognosy focused on the botanical and chemical study of crude drugs.

Modern Definition

  • The American Society of Pharmacognosy defines pharmacognosy as "the study of the biology, chemistry, pharmacology, and ethnomedical uses of natural products, including drugs, drug candidates, and health supplements."

Test your knowledge of pharmacognosy with this quiz! Explore the physical, chemical, and biological properties of drugs derived from natural sources. Dive into the study of medicinal plants, animals, and fungi to uncover the world of pharmacognosy.

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