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

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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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First Known Use of medicinal

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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8 Jan 2020

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“Medicinal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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How to pronounce medicinal (audio)

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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