medication

noun
med·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌme-di-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce medication (audio) \

Definition of medication

1 : the act or process of medicating
2 : a medicinal substance : medicament

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Examples of medication in a Sentence

The company has developed a new allergy medication. He stopped taking his medications. Her illness has not responded to medication.
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After the right combination of medications mingled in the corners of my brain, everything fell back into place quickly. Minhae Shim Roth, Glamour, "Postpartum Depression Treatment Made Me Feel Helpless—Women Deserve Better Options," 25 Mar. 2019 Like many performers at the time, Elvis was a heavy user of a number of prescription medications including opiates, barbiturates, and sedatives. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "Inside the Enduring Mysteries of Elvis Presley's Death," 16 Mar. 2019 Risks and benefits need to be weighed to determine whether medication is indicated. Samantha Saltz, M.d., miamiherald, "Few discuss the emotional toll of struggling to conceive a child," 30 May 2018 One of the medications burned off the nerve endings in my feet the previous month. Jason Sheeler, Vogue, "How George Michael, A Buddhist Monk, and A Stripper Saved My Life," 14 Feb. 2019 This means that a doctor can use the information to decrease the patient’s risk for disease with medications, or through lifestyle and environmental changes. Carolyn Sue Richards, Smithsonian, "Most Parents Want to Test Their Unborn Kids’ Genes For Disease Risk," 25 May 2018 For genital herpes, you will most likely be prescribed an antiviral medication like Valacyclovir or Acyclovir. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, ""I Have a Cold Sore. Does That Mean I Have Herpes?"," 22 Feb. 2019 Some resort to backstreet abortions or unsafe medication sold online. The Economist, "Argentina moves closer to legalising abortion," 9 June 2018 After removing the tapeworm, she was put on antiparasitic medication and fully recovered, according to Jacquier and Piroth. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Her legs were tingling. Then, doctors pulled a tapeworm out of her spine," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of medication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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medication

noun

English Language Learners Definition of medication

: a substance used in treating disease or relieving pain
: the act or process of treating a person or disease with medicine

medication

noun
med·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌme-də-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce medication (audio) \

Kids Definition of medication

medication

noun
med·​i·​ca·​tion | \ ˌmed-ə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce medication (audio) \

Medical Definition of medication

1 : the act or process of medicating
2 : a medicinal substance : medicament

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