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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Many voiced their concern, and even more were angry that Jeff allowed the challenge to continue while the medical team attended to Lauren. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'Survivor' Sparks Controversy for the Show's Reaction to Lauren O'Connell's Scary Fall," 4 Apr. 2019 Released in October 2018, The Dubrow Diet: Interval Eating to Lose Weight and Feel Ageless is a lifestyle inspired by Terry's feast-and-famine eating style during his medical school residency. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019 Dissatisfied with medical school and in dire need of money, Mary begins performing underground surgeries and body modifications. Ashley Nkadi, Teen Vogue, "15 Scary Movies Directed by Women Perfect for Halloween," 30 Oct. 2018 Some women actually had to seek medical attention to remove the bits of the tampon from their bodies, according to a statement released by the company. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "U by Kotex Tampons Have Been Recalled—Here's What You Need to Know," 13 Dec. 2018 None of the five women who did not seek medical attention reported experiencing an adverse outcome. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Abortions by mail are available now in the US. Here’s what you need to know.," 20 Oct. 2018 After much debate, the crew finally broke the simulation in order to get medical attention. Loren Grush, The Verge, "To train for Mars, head to Hawaii," 10 Aug. 2018 The article included an update that the actor and model was allegedly released from medical care and was reportedly at home under the supervision of her team. De Elizabeth, Allure, "Paris Jackson Slams Reports That She Attempted Suicide," 19 Mar. 2019 Alaskan Bush People star Ami Brown and her family have permanently relocated to Washington to keep up with her medical needs. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'Alaskan Bush People' Star Ami Brown Opens Up About Her 'Taxing' Cancer Recovery," 10 Mar. 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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