Medicine Dictionary 💊

Browse the dictionary
of medicines and devices (dm+d)

Medicine Dictionary lets you comfortably search and browse NHS standard Dictionary of Medicines and Devices (dm+d) -

The dictionary is used throughout the NHS (UK National Health Service) as a means of uniquely identifying medicines and medical devices used in the health care of patients.

Medicine Dictionary is here for 👩🏻‍⚕️ pharmacists and healthcare professionals to search and navigate the terminology or find SNOMED codes, search medicines by GTIN/EAN bar codes, 👨🏽‍🔬 researchers and students to explore the dataset, programmers and pharma sector companies to use DM+D medicine information in their products via our API, and the rest of us to learn about available medicines and medical devices.

Medicine dictionary allows you to browse medicines by ingredients or their therapeutical moiety (molecular segment), browse NHS medicines sorted by price, lookup devices by colour, lookup medicines by flavour, etc.

Search medicines by name or part of code.

Here are various routes you can take to browse the data with examples for each route.

See also help & advice, editorial policy, about and contact.

Help & advice

Some website elements use different naming from the dm+d where it allows to communicate briefly, without acronyms and without sacrificing compatibility.

E.g. "Virtual medical product" or "VMT" is called a "Concept" and "Actual medical product" or "AMT" is just called a "Product". This is outlined in the headlines above.

Site is optimised to adjust to mobile devices and tablets, fully linkable, optimised for easy findability, accessibility and also speed thanks to ⚡ AMP.

  • 🔗 Linkable means that you can share or bookmark 🔖 a link to any resource using its URL or dm+d code. Just copy the URL.

    E.g. Products (AMP) have the following URL format:​optional-name-SNOMED_CODE

    Your link is guaranteed to point to the right place even if product name or other information changes in the future. It will also show other relevant products if this one gets discontinued.

  • 🔍Findable means that beside the on-site search engine, you can also use a public search engine to run queries against the dataset like so:
    price testosterone injection -capsules

    This takes advantage of advanced operators including "site:" to search within a site only, excluding documents containing word "capsules" using minus. Other operators allow to search for price ranges, titles only, etc. See Google’s & Bing search operators.

  • ♿ Accessible, because it conforms to AAA level with WCAG 2.0 guidelines and therefore is optimised to work well for blind and other disabled users.

Editorial policy

All data published on this site is consistent with the dm+d as per dm+d editorial policy. Full up to date document (115 pages) can be downloaded from the dm+d documentation.

Who decides which information will be published?

dm+d Programme Board and Content Committee chaired by the Head of Medicines, Pharmacy and Industry Group, Department of Health.

Is the information peer-reviewed?

Peer Review Group members are asked to review and comment on papers for submission to the dm+d and provide feedback via email. The group consisting of clinical and other professionals can meet if needed.

Is the content regularly reviewed?

Content of dm+d is continually reviewed and improved. Releases of up-to-date datasets are provided weekly.

Medicine Dictionary is kept up to date with latest releases on a regular basis unless there are backwards incompatible changes to the dm+d schema or libraries used. Last update 26th of November 2018.

Technical Services

Below are example services offered for licensed use with SLA from Etcetera Media Group.


REST API and SQL export use is available to our partners at £100 a month paid via Direct Debit.

System licenses for integration

Medicine Dictionary server with admin backend, open source, licensing, integration, localisation and customisation support


Development of Medicine Dictionary, hosting and marketing is provided by its principal designer and developer Francis Malina who is a software engineer, not a medical professional. See also Chemist Etc chemist directory and Dentist Etc dentist directory by the same author.

Unless you are a medical professional, please bear in mind information provided on the site is meant to complement and not replace any advice or information from a health professional.

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