adjective me·dic·i·nal \mə-ˈdis-nəl, -ˈdi-sən-əl; in Shak & Milton ˌme-di-ˈsī-nəl & ˈmed-sə-nəl\

: used to prevent or cure disease or to relieve pain

Full Definition of MEDICINAL

:  tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain
:  salutary
medicinal noun
me·dic·i·nal·ly adverb

Examples of MEDICINAL

  1. This drug is to be used only for medicinal purposes.
  2. <even in Roman times the hot mineral springs of Bath, England, were believed to possess medicinal properties>

First Known Use of MEDICINAL

14th century
MEDICINALLY Defined for Kids


adjective me·dic·i·nal \mə-ˈdi-sən-əl\

Definition of MEDICINAL for Kids

:  used or likely to prevent, cure, or relieve disease <medicinal ingredients>
me·dic·i·nal·ly adverb <The plant is used medicinally.>


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