Contraction. - Sep.
Sepia officinalis. Class, Mollusca; Sub-class, Cephalopoda; Order, Dibranchiata; Section, Decapoda; Family, Sepiadae.
Synonym. - Sepia Octopus.
Sepia. For. names: German, Tintenfisch, Sepiedsaft,; French, Seche ordinaire, encre de Seiche.
The substance proved by Hahnemann is the peculiar secretion of this mollusc, which is called Cuttle-fish Ink, being the well-known dark-brown paint, Sepia. It is brought to this country from the Mediterranean, and should be obtained still enclosed in the bag in which it has been dried. The prepared Sepia of the painters will not do, as it has been acted upon by Caustic Potash.
Characters. - A brownish-black solid mass, somewhat the size and shape of a grape, very brittle, with a conchoidal fracture, having a faint fishy smell and hardly any taste. Insoluble in water, but readily diffused through it and settling down slowly.
Preparation. - Trituration.
Reference to Horn. Proving. - Chr. Kr., v.
Proper forms for dispensing. - lx to 3, Trituration only. 4, dilute Tincture only. 5 and upwards, Tincture, Pilules, or Globules.