me·​di·​ca·​ment mi-ˈdi-kə-mənt How to pronounce medicament (audio) ˈme-di-kə- How to pronounce medicament (audio)
: a substance used in therapy
medicamentous 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, 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, 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, 30 Oct. 2019

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Medicament.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


me·​di·​ca·​ment mi-ˈdik-ə-mənt How to pronounce medicament (audio) ˈmed-i-kə- How to pronounce medicament (audio)
: a substance used in therapy

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