medical

adjective
med·​i·​cal | \ˈme-di-kəl \

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 \-​k(ə-​)lē \ 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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Medtronic , a medical-device maker, has subsidized a commuter van to attract employees from farther cities and made working from home an option, the company said. Harriet Torry, WSJ, "Economic Damage From California Fires Spreads Further Than Blazes," 11 Dec. 2018 That most often means trichomoniasis or gonorrhea, both of which are STDs that require medical treatment. Elizabeth Durand Streisand, Good Housekeeping, "What the Color of Your Vaginal Discharge Means, According to Gynos," 27 Nov. 2018 The medical-device and pharmaceutical industries have to start viewing skin of color as worth the investment. Baze Mpinja, Marie Claire, "These New Skincare Treatments Are (Finally) Geared to Women of Color," 9 Nov. 2018 In the traditional regulatory pathway for medical devices, companies invest upwards of $100 million for large-scale, long-term clinical trials to show the device is safe and effective. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Spinal implants help treat paralysis but aren’t ready for primetime," 3 Nov. 2018 Angie Craig Another big win in Minnesota came courtesy of Democratic candidate Craig, a former medical device executive and openly gay mother of four sons who campaigned, in part, on the importance of affordable health care. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Primary Takeaways: 4 Women Winners to Be Very Excited About," 15 Aug. 2018 Dupont cautions that there are several challenges in making any new medical device part of routine care. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "A Robot May One Day Draw Your Blood," 13 July 2018 MedjetThe medical transport company is reprising its sale with $50 off individual annual memberships/$75 off annual family memberships. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Cyber Monday Travel Deals of 2018," 26 Nov. 2018 Other standard medical tests, such as blood and urine tests, can spot other potential causes of the problem. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

medical

noun

Medical Definition of medical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medical examination

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