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co·dex / ˈkōˌdeks/ • n. (pl. co·di·ces / ˈkōdəˌsēz; ˈkäd-/ or co·dex·es) an ancient manuscript text in book form. ∎  an official list of medicines, chemicals, etc.

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codex an ancient manuscript text in book form. The word comes (in the late 16th century, denoting a collection of statutes or set of rules) from Latin, literally ‘block of wood’, later denoting a block split into leaves or tablets for writing on, hence a book.

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Codex

a collection of recipes for the preparation of drugs; a collection of the scriptures written down on parchment or papyrus in their earliest texts.

Examples: codex of the law, 1622; of Christian precepts, 1659.