medicinal

adjective
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
2 : salutary

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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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Warm mist can also be used with medicinal inhalants for cough or cold relief. Paige Szmodis, Popular Mechanics, "Breathe Easier With One of These 8 Best Humidifiers," 13 Sep. 2019 However, when asked specifically about legal use for medicinal purposes, nearly 90% said that was acceptable. Lissette Romero And Amy Guthrie, chicagotribune.com, "Mexican cannabis users eagerly await legal marijuana," 13 Sep. 2019 Some are inedible for undesirable characteristics, but other species are good for cooking or have medicinal value. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida’s fungi: Learn more about mushrooms with Central Florida’s ‘Fungi Jon’," 11 Sep. 2019 However, when asked specifically about legal use for medicinal purposes, nearly 90% said that was acceptable. Washington Post, "Mexican cannabis users eagerly await legal marijuana," 2 Sep. 2019 In Britain medicinal cannabis is legal but still very hard to get without an expensive private prescription. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 2019 Rohan Marley, who raised his five children in South Orange, said in a statement that his family in Jamaica has long advocated the medicinal benefits of marijuana. USA TODAY, "Space dummy, Bigfoot denial, pumped-up pumpkin: News from around our 50 states," 2 Sep. 2019 Research that gives more credibility to the growing belief that marijuana has positive medicinal benefits could spur the already robust cannabis market. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: California Cannabis market gets boost from DOJ, Weedmaps," 30 Aug. 2019 Get our daily newsletter People have exploited C. sativa for thousands of years and its medicinal use can be traced as far back at least as 400AD. The Economist, "A global revolution in attitudes towards cannabis is under way," 29 Aug. 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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