me·​dic·​i·​nal | \ mə-ˈdis-nəl, -ˈdi-sᵊn-əl How to pronounce medicinal (audio) ; in Shakespeare & Milton ˌme-di-ˈsī-nᵊl, & ˈmed-sə-nəl \

Definition of medicinal

1 : tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain a medicinal compound the plant's medicinal properties used for medicinal purposes
2 : salutary

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Other Words from medicinal

medicinal noun
medicinally \ mə-​ˈdis-​nə-​lē How to pronounce medicinal (audio) , -​ˈdi-​sᵊn-​ə-​lē ; \ adverb

Examples of medicinal in a Sentence

This drug is to be used only for medicinal purposes. even in Roman times the hot mineral springs of Bath, England, were believed to possess medicinal properties
Recent Examples on the Web Cannabis has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 Apr. 2022 One area of concern for researchers is the drug’s post-harvest process, said Christopher McCurdy, a UF medicinal chemistry professor and director of the UF Translational Drug Development Core. Sun Sentinel, 15 Apr. 2022 The mineral hot springs in the area are said to have medicinal properties, and the resort's MedSpa still offers guests therapeutic treatments that relax and heal. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 13 Apr. 2022 Li told me that researchers have used techniques from molecular biology to better understand an antler’s medicinal properties and have identified numerous bioactive compounds. The New Yorker, 7 Mar. 2022 Much of the medicinal chemistry and basic research is outsourced to international contract research organizations. Jahan Marcu, Rolling Stone, 7 Jan. 2022 And a notable achievement in novel medicinal chemistry was the first approval this year of an anti-RAS drug. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 25 Dec. 2021 South Carolina and Louisiana state lawmakers are moving ahead with legalization medicinal use of marijuana. al, 20 Apr. 2022 The group offers Indigenous people hands-on experience through internships that focus on Traditional Ecological Knowledge — first foods, medicinal plants and conservation. oregonlive, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of medicinal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 May 2022

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“Medicinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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me·​dic·​i·​nal | \ mə-ˈdi-sᵊn-əl How to pronounce medicinal (audio) \

Kids Definition of medicinal

: used or likely to prevent, cure, or relieve disease medicinal ingredients

Other Words from medicinal

medicinally adverb The plant is used medicinally.


me·​dic·​i·​nal | \ mə-ˈdis-nəl, -ᵊn-əl How to pronounce medicinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of medicinal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being medicine : tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain

Other Words from medicinal

medicinally \ -​ē How to pronounce medicinal (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of medicinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal substance : medicine

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