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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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, African medical supplies factories, like one company Quartz visited in Nairobi, are working overtime to fulfill orders bound for China. Anne Quito, Quartz, "Coronavirus containment is looking less likely amid surprise outbreaks in Iran and Italy," 22 Feb. 2020 The spike in global demand and prices for surgical masks and other medical supplies has depleted stocks and posed severe challenges for front-line health care workers in China, according to a statement from the World Health Organization. Janine Phakdeetham, NBC News, "Amid coronavirus outbreak, some Americans are attempting the journey back home to Wuhan," 19 Feb. 2020 The company has transported 338 passengers out of Wuhan and also arranged the transportation of 608 boxes of medical supplies to the Chinese city. Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News, "Private, charter jet companies report uptick in business amid coronavirus outbreak," 18 Feb. 2020 Wearing masks, the quarantined people stand on one side of the threshold, the medical workers, outfitted in protective gear, on the other. Lauren Caruba,, "‘Victims of circumstance’: Cruise ship passengers quarantined at Lackland faced chaotic trip home," 18 Feb. 2020 More than 1,700 medical workers have been infected by the coronavirus, according to China’s National Health Commission, while at least six have died., "China Doctor Dies as Virus Takes Toll on Medics at Ground Zero," 18 Feb. 2020 The car carries a variety of medical supplies, including a fridge stocked with Trump’s blood type. Tim Pearce, Washington Examiner, "Trump plans to take 'The Beast' for a lap at Daytona 500," 14 Feb. 2020 Hospitals are overwhelmed, and there are reports of shortages of tests and other medical supplies. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Coronavirus outbreak hits 60,000 cases after reporting change," 13 Feb. 2020 The shelters could reportedly house 971,000 people and had enough food and medical supplies to sustain 300,000 people for two weeks. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Does Dallas still have any of its Cold War-era nuclear bomb fallout shelters? Curious Texas investigates," 12 Feb. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Medical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of medical

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


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


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 Definition of medical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medical examination

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