medical

adjective
med·​i·​cal | \ ˈme-di-kəl How to pronounce medical (audio) \

Definition of medical

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with physicians or the practice of medicine the medical profession a medical journal
2 : requiring or devoted to medical treatment a medical problem an important advance in medical science

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Other Words from medical

medically \ ˈme-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce medically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of medical in a Sentence

He has a dangerous medical condition. The report was published in a leading medical journal. Her recovery was a medical miracle. He opened his own medical practice. an important advance in medical science
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The National Institutes of Health is, according to NBC News’ Erika Edwards, the largest source of biomedical funding in the world, investing more than $32 billion each year in medical research. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "N.I.H. Director Vows to Decline Invitations to All-Male Speaking Panels," 14 June 2019 In addition to palliative care, the Shiley Foundation has made major contributions to education, the arts, medical research and community services. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shiley gives $2.6 million to palliative care institute at Cal State San Marcos," 12 June 2019 Body donation is not the same thing as organ donation In body donation, the cadaver is used for medical research, education and training. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "5 things you need to know before donating your body to science," 10 June 2019 Experts say a dead man-of-war can create a sting strong enough to require medical attention. USA TODAY, "Black Hills yaks, serious senioritis on campus, Pony Express: News from around our 50 states," 10 June 2019 Starting in July 2021, workers could take time off for medical attention or to care for a newborn or family member. Christopher Keating, courant.com, "Tolls, marijuana, sports betting: What happened with the major issues before the Connecticut legislature?," 9 June 2019 Recent medical research has shown, however, that screening high-risk individuals — especially those with a lifelong history of tobacco use — can dramatically improve survival rates by as much as 20 percent. Trihealth, Cincinnati.com, "This month's episode: Lung cancer," 7 June 2019 The Sandlers used their fortune to fund medical research, journalism, childhood education, the environment and advocacy. Ashley Mcbride, SFChronicle.com, "Herb Sandler, billionaire philanthropist, dies at 87," 6 June 2019 Trump isn’t the first president to get involved with medical research using fetal tissue. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Trump terminates NIH medical research over use of fetal tissue," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of medical

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for medical

French or Late Latin; French médical, from Late Latin medicalis, from Latin medicus physician, from mederi to remedy, heal; akin to Avestan vī-mad- healer, Greek medesthai to be mindful of — more at mete

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The first known use of medical was in 1646

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medical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of medical

: of or relating to the treatment of diseases and injuries : of or relating to medicine

medical

adjective
med·​i·​cal | \ ˈme-di-kəl How to pronounce medical (audio) \

Kids Definition of medical

: of or relating to the science or practice of medicine medical care

Other Words from medical

medically adverb

medical

adjective
med·​i·​cal | \ ˈmed-i-kəl How to pronounce medical (audio) \

Medical Definition of medical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or concerned with physicians or the practice of medicine often as distinguished from surgery
2 : requiring or devoted to medical treatment a medical emergency

Other Words from medical

medically \ -​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce medically (audio) \ adverb

medical

noun

Medical Definition of medical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medical examination

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