me·​di·​ca·​ment | \ mi-ˈdi-kə-mənt How to pronounce medicament (audio) , ˈme-di-kə- How to pronounce medicament (audio) \

Definition of medicament

: a substance used in therapy

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Other Words from medicament

medicamentous \ mi-​ˌdi-​kə-​ˈmen-​təs How to pronounce medicamentous (audio) , ˌme-​di-​kə-​ \ adjective

Examples of medicament in a Sentence

in the 19th century a physician's bag of medicaments most likely included powerful opiates
Recent Examples on the Web If the medicaments are innocuous, there’s little harm except to the patients’ pocketbooks. Los Angeles Times, "Column: Experts lose enthusiasm for chloroquine coronavirus treatment promoted by Trump," 13 Apr. 2020 At the moment, the standard treatment for drug-resistant TB involves taking highly toxic medicaments for as long as two years. The Economist, "Tuberculosis kills more people than any other pathogenic illness," 14 Dec. 2019 The Persian author Mansur ibn Ilyas (c.1380–1422) wrote of resetting fractured or broken bones using braces and tight bandaging to immobilize and realign limbs, followed by the application of various salves and medicaments to help the bones heal. Jack Hartnell, Time, "The Medieval History Behind Our Halloween Fascination With Skeletons," 30 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of medicament

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medicament

Middle English, from Middle French, from Latin medicamentum, from medicare

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The first known use of medicament was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Medicament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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me·​di·​ca·​ment | \ mi-ˈdik-ə-mənt How to pronounce medicament (audio) , ˈmed-i-kə- How to pronounce medicament (audio) \

Medical Definition of medicament

: a substance used in therapy

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