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 medical (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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Recent Examples on the Web Much of the help the military provided at the height of the pandemic was medical, and the men and women who answered the call often did so at great risk to themselves. NBC News, "Air Force reservist on Covid front lines goes from securing body bags to delivering vaccines," 9 Apr. 2021 Almost a billion dollars would go to the Strategic National Stockpile, the country’s emergency medical reserve, for supplies and efforts to restructure it that began last year. New York Times, "Biden Details $1.52 Trillion Spending Proposal to Fund Discretionary Priorities," 9 Apr. 2021 Smith appeared frustrated that the officers hadn't provided medical care. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, "Medical witnesses clash with defense over George Floyd's death," 9 Apr. 2021 Other bills would criminalize life-saving medical care for trans youth and harm trans student athletes. David Oliver, USA TODAY, "'Glee' cast reunites at GLAAD Awards in tribute to Naya Rivera's character Santana," 9 Apr. 2021 Some employers put funds into the accounts as an incentive for workers to enroll in high-deductible health plans, which are meant to give consumers incentives to shop smartly for medical care. Christopher Snowbeck, Star Tribune, "Blue Cross of Minnesota affiliate sold for $500 million," 9 Apr. 2021 Each Green House home also gets its own dedicated team of nursing assistants who not only handle medical care but also take care of laundry, cleaning and cooking — reducing the number of staff that have to circulate through each home. jsonline.com, "Garbage bags as PPE. Infected staff on duty. Residents found unresponsive. Wisconsin nursing homes during the pandemic.," 9 Apr. 2021 In a Facebook video from late January, Christo Mavroulis, a Greek captain, described the ordeal of trying to get medical care for one crew member off the coast of China. Author: Taylor Telford, Jacob Bogage, Anchorage Daily News, "Essential, invisible: COVID has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea," 9 Apr. 2021 In a Facebook video from late January, Christo Mavroulis, a Greek captain, described the ordeal of trying to get medical care for one crew member off the coast of China. Taylor Telford, Washington Post, "Essential, invisible: Covid has 200,000 merchant sailors stuck at sea," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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14 Apr 2021

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“Medical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medical. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for medical

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 medical (audio) \ adverb

medical

noun

Medical Definition of medical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medical examination

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