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 medicinally (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

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South Florida has become flooded with CBD products for sale, luring buyers with promises of pain relief and medicinal aid. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century’s snake oil," 7 June 2019 Adults over 21 years of age are now permitted to legally grow, possess and use marijuana for non-medicinal purposes, with certain restrictions. Peggy Peattie, Pomerado News, "Marijuana use added to Poway’s social host ordinance," 5 June 2019 Customers must hold a medicinal cannabis card to enter and to purchase any food, which is not intended to be eaten on site. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "This cannabis kitchen serves up THC-infused pizza and burgers. Here's a look inside," 4 June 2019 Most states, including New York, now have legal medicinal marijuana programs, and 10 states and the District of Columbia allow recreational pot use. Jennifer Peltz, The Seattle Times, "NYC may ban pre-hire marijuana tests for many job applicants," 12 Apr. 2019 The ruling sets a precedent that will likely force Germans to choose between receiving medicinal cannabis treatment and owning a gun license. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Germans forced to choose between medicinal marijuana and guns," 31 Jan. 2018 Cannabis has been proposed for centuries as a medicinal plant. Timothy Welty,, "Marijuana boosters hail FDA approval of pot-based epilepsy drug. Is it a win for weed?," 20 Apr. 2018 Cinnamon and other traditional Indian medicinal plants are also being tested in the fight against HIV. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Cinnamon: Pantry staple -- and medical powerhouse?," 8 Mar. 2018 With the recent resurgence in artisanal, organic, and natural products, medicinal plants are getting their moment in the spotlight, too. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "7 Mistakes You're Making With Essential Oils," 19 July 2016

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First Known Use of medicinal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of medicinal

: used to prevent or cure disease or to relieve pain


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 medicinally (audio) \ adverb



Medical Definition of medicinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal substance : medicine

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