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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Recent Examples on the Web Imagine being prescribed a medication for the management of a debilitating chronic condition that costs $6,000 a month. Richard Adams, Forbes, 13 Oct. 2021 Last year, only one Take Back Day instead of the usual two was held due to the pandemic, but the DEA was still able to collect over 985,000 pounds of unused medication! Sgt. Steve Ljubenko,, 7 Oct. 2021 Moore began hearing voices in the late 1990s and was prescribed medication. Christie Thompson, Los Angeles Times, 24 Sep. 2021 Doctors prescribed antianxiety medication and told him to rest. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Sep. 2021 Tom is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and is prescribed psychiatric medication, but a mysterious accident alerts his mother to its side effects. Anna Marie De La Fuente, Variety, 30 Aug. 2021 Although all patients will be counseled about lifestyle changes, such as exercise, only a small fraction will be prescribed medication, according to the authors. Maggie Fox, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 Martin's mother said her son did not do heavy drugs but had been prescribed pain medication following surgery on his right wrist shortly before the shooting. NBC News, 3 Aug. 2021 My primary care doctor has prescribed medication for my osteopenia. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 9 July 2021

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First Known Use of medication

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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17 Oct 2021

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“Medication.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of medication

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


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

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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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