medicinal

adjective
me·dic·i·nal | \mə-ˈdis-nəl, -ˈdi-sᵊn-əl; 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 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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But dog meat has remained on some menus over the protests of animal rights groups, because it is believed to have medicinal properties and cultural significance. Caitlin Dewey, chicagotribune.com, "Congress doesn't want you to eat your dog or cat," 24 Apr. 2018 But dog meat has remained on some menus over the protests of animal rights groups, because it is believed to have medicinal properties and cultural significance. The Washington Post, NOLA.com, "Congress doesn't want you to eat your dog or cat," 24 Apr. 2018 Modern Chumash cultural practitioners helped the museum plant its lush Sukinanik’oy garden of native plants, including many with traditional medicinal uses, well-labeled in a pretty creekside setting. Jeanne Cooper, San Francisco Chronicle, "One Day, One Place: First inhabitants offer different view of Santa Barbara," 12 June 2018 Yet for more than a decade, Philadelphia has been on the forefront of investigations into the medicinal uses of marijuana. Sam Wood, Philly.com, "Temple U. researchers take a leading role in testing medical marijuana," 30 Apr. 2018 The story tells of how devil's club resulted from the conflict, and despite its thorny reputation with Alaskans, serves to remind readers that the plant has had medicinal uses among the Tlingit for countless generations. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Baby Raven Reads’ series of Alaska children’s books are a treasure worth sharing," 28 Apr. 2018 Then, as the two nations became isolated from each other during subsequent centuries, China began serving tea as a popular beverage, while Japan continued to focus on its medicinal uses. National Geographic, "This Tea Master Is Preserving an Ancient Art for Future Generations," 19 Apr. 2018 Politicians in favor of decriminalizing marijuana cite not only medicinal uses, but also criminal justice reform. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "Vermont Becomes Ninth State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana," 22 Jan. 2018 The few medical studies of rhino horn focused on its possible value in treating fever—one of the more common medicinal uses in Vietnam and China. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "The Hard Truth about the Rhino Horn “Aphrodisiac” Market," 5 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of medicinal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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medicinal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of medicinal

: used to prevent or cure disease or to relieve pain

medicinal

adjective
me·dic·i·nal | \mə-ˈdi-sᵊn-əl \

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.

medicinal

adjective
me·dic·i·nal | \mə-ˈdis-nəl, -ᵊn-əl \

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 \ \ adverb

medicinal

noun

Medical Definition of medicinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal substance : medicine

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