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noun med·i·cine \ˈme-də-sən, British usually ˈmed-sən\

Simple Definition of medicine

  • : a substance that is used in treating disease or relieving pain and that is usually in the form of a pill or a liquid

  • : the science that deals with preventing, curing, and treating diseases

Full Definition of medicine

  1. 1 a :  a substance or preparation used in treating disease b :  something that affects well-being

  2. 2 a :  the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease b :  the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease

  3. 3 :  a substance (as a drug or potion) used to treat something other than disease

  4. 4 :  an object held in traditional American Indian belief to give control over natural or magical forces; also :  magical power or a magical rite

medicine transitive verb

Examples of medicine

  1. He forgot to take his medicine.

  2. Did you look in the medicine cabinet for a pain reliever?

  3. Their research has led to many important advances in modern medicine.

  4. She's interested in a career in medicine.



Origin of medicine

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin medicina, from feminine of medicinus of a physician, from medicus


First Known Use: 13th century



MEDICINE Defined for Kids

medicine

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noun med·i·cine \ˈme-də-sən\

Definition of medicine

  1. 1 :  something (as a pill or liquid) used to prevent, cure, or relieve a disease

  2. 2 :  a science dealing with the prevention, cure, or relief of disease




Medical Dictionary

medicine

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noun med·i·cine \ˈmed-ə-sən, British usually ˈmed-sən\

Medical Definition of medicine

  1. 1:  a substance or preparation used in treating disease

  2. 2a:  the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of diseaseb:  the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease





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