medicinal

adjective
me·​dic·​i·​nal | \ mə-ˈdis-nəl How to pronounce medicinal (audio) , -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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Cannabis has been proposed for centuries as a medicinal plant. Timothy Welty, Philly.com, "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 Valerian is a flowering herb native to Eurasia with medicinal uses dating all the way back to ancient Greece and Rome. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "What You Need to Know About OTC Sleep Aids, According to Neurologists," 30 Jan. 2019 But the federal government doesn’t recognize marijuana’s medical potential, largely because the studies have been small so far, and there have been no large-scale clinical trials proving pot’s medicinal value. German Lopez, Vox, "Marijuana is legal for medical purposes in 32 states," 14 Nov. 2018 Many scientific studies have found no medicinal properties in either, and some among the traditional medicine community doubt their effectiveness as well. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "China Suspends Its Relaxation of Wildlife-Trade Ban," 12 Nov. 2018 But while microneedling has only become a must-have beauty treatment in recent years, the traditional Chinese medicinal practice of acupuncture has been around for millennia. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "What Exactly Is Facial Acupuncture — And Why You Should Try It," 6 Feb. 2019 Hunger and medicinal shortages have pushed 3 million Venezuelans to emigrate in the last three years, according to the United Nations, which anticipates another 2 million to flee to neighboring countries this year. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, "Venezuelan Leader Starts Second Term With Grim Outlook," 10 Jan. 2019

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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 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.

medicinal

adjective
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

medicinal

noun

Medical Definition of medicinal (Entry 2 of 2)

: a medicinal substance : medicine

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