Any substance which when absorbed into a living organism may modify one or more of its functions. The term is generally accepted for a substance taken for a therapeutic purpose, but is also commonly used for abused substances. Synonymous with medicine, pharmaceutical.
PAC, 1993, 65, 2003. (Glossary for chemists of terms used in toxicology (IUPAC Recommendations 1993)) on page 2040 [Terms] [Paper]