Contractions. - Mosch. Msc.

Moschus moschiferus. Class, Mammalia; Order, Un-gulata; Family, Bovidae; Tribe, Moschlna.


The inspissated and dried secretion of the preputial follicles of the Musk Deer, imported from China and India.

Characters. - In irregular reddish-black, rather unctuous grains, having a strong, peculiar, very diffusible odour, and a bitter aromatic taste; contained in a round or slightly oval membranous sac, about 2 inches in diameter, covered on the outer side with stiff greyish hairs arranged in a concentric manner around its central orifice.

N.B. - Great care is necessary in ascertaining that the sample is genuine, as imitation sacs are sometimes made out of the skin of the animal, and the Musk itself adulterated with such things as dried blood, the dung of birds, wax, etc. If the sacs are obtained, they should present no evidence of having been opened.

Preparations. - Trituration. Tincture, 1 in 20, using rectified spirit.

Reference to Horn. Proving. - R. A. M. L., i.

Proper forms for dispensing. - lx to 3, Trituration. φ and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.