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 \ -​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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Despite the lingering medical mystery around Albert's death, there is one possibility that definitively did not lead to the Prince Consort's death, but which Victoria continued to blame for it, in part, until the end of her life: her son, Bertie. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "How Did Queen Victoria's Husband Prince Albert Die?," 4 Mar. 2019 Contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are prescription medical devices that must only be worn under the prescription, direction and supervision of an eye care professional. Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Build Your Look Around Your Eye Color," 31 Jan. 2019 Contact lenses, even if worn for cosmetic reasons, are prescription medical devices that must only be worn under the prescription, direction and supervision of an eye care professional. Marie Claire, "The Makeup That's Most Flattering for Your Eye Color," 31 Jan. 2019 Since tampons and pads are regulated and approved as medical devices by the Food and Drug Administration, manufacturers are not required to fully disclose what goes into them. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Teens are Reportedly Boiling Used Tampons to Get High," 9 Jan. 2019 Food and medical aid are a major battleground in the political showdown between Messrs. Maduro and Guaidó. Ryan Dube, WSJ, "U.S. Sanctions Venezuela’s Oil Chief, Says Food Aid Will Be Flown to Border," 15 Feb. 2019 Of course, it should be informed by medical opinion on both the physical and mental health of the president, but ultimately the act of removing the president is a political act. Sean Illing, Vox, "Can the 25th Amendment be invoked to remove Trump from office? I asked one of its authors.," 14 Feb. 2019 Watch the first trailer here: The series marks a homecoming for Clooney, who got his big break starring as Dr. Doug Ross on the long-running medical drama ER back in the '90s. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "The First Trailer for George Clooney's New Series Catch-22 Is Finally Here," 13 Feb. 2019 This collection of skincare products offers medical-grade formulas at a price that won't give you sticker shock. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "I'm Addicted to Anti-Aging Products and The Ordinary Is the Best Brand I've Ever Used," 13 Feb. 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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