-ˈdi-sᵊn-əl How to pronounce medicinal (audio)
 in Shakespeare & Milton  ˌme-di-ˈsī-nᵊl,
 &  ˈmed-sə-nəl
: tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain
a medicinal compound
the plant's medicinal properties
used for medicinal purposes
medicinal noun
mə-ˈdis-nə-lē How to pronounce medicinal (audio)

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of medicinal was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Medicinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


me·​dic·​i·​nal mə-ˈdis-nəl How to pronounce medicinal (audio)
: tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain

Medical Definition


1 of 2 adjective
me·​dic·​i·​nal mə-ˈdis-nəl, -ᵊn-əl How to pronounce medicinal (audio)
: of, relating to, or being medicine : tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain
medicinally adverb


2 of 2 noun
: a medicinal substance : medicine

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