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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Labor disruptions could begin next week, the union said, and potentially affect distribution of recreational and medicinal cannabis across the country. Paul Vieira, WSJ, "Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana Offers a Test Case for Other Countries," 17 Oct. 2018 Four Sigmatic is a Finnish company that blends various medicinal mushrooms with coffee, cocoa, tea, and/or various herbs to produce a variety of beverages that supposedly will increase your productivity, energy, immunity, and beauty. Nutrition Diva Monica Reinagel, Scientific American, "Mushroom Coffee: The Science Behind the Trend," 23 June 2018 But after a weekend spent with various medicinal mushrooms, herbs and roots, she was hooked and began sharing her favorite brands and blends on Instagram. New York Times, "What Are Adaptogens?," 1 June 2018 Hernandez-Gonzalez's legal team hoped to capitalize on changing attitudes about marijuana across the nation and his work selling to legitimate growers in states where the herb is legal for recreational and medicinal use. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "Green thumb with pot earned him $22 million. What he did with the cash got him 5 years | Miami Herald," 25 Apr. 2018 Organic coffee and cacao powder turn this sip into an antioxidant hit, plus chaga, a medicinal mushroom and adaptogen, helps the immune system regulate itself. Allison Young, Sunset, "10 Wellness Teas & Tonics to Give Your Immunity a Boost," 22 Jan. 2018 In the medicinal corners of alchemy, it was also known as the elixir of life, a universal cure that could bring eternal life. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 Take, for example, the spa at The Ritz-Carlton, Cancun (pictured above), which has developed an entire roster of services that draws upon the medicinal plant knowledge of the native tribes of the Yucatan. Christina Perez, Harper's BAZAAR, "These Ancient Rituals Should Be Your New Go-To Beauty Treatments," 15 Oct. 2018 Easy, right? Be forewarned, though: Tea tree oil has a strong medicinal smell that may or may not make your significant other whine loudly. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Tea Tree Oil Is the Best Acne Spot Treatment for Sensitive Skin," 24 Sep. 2018

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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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb



Medical Definition of medicinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal substance : medicine

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