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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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 Although the industry is unregulated and proof of medicinal benefits lacking, the interest has peaked. Cindy Krischer Goodman,, "Just chillin': CBD won’t get you high, but it can ease what ails you, vendors say," 3 Aug. 2019 The city’s 10% cannabis tax, approved by a wide margin of voters in 2012 when marijuana was legal only for medicinal use, added nearly $1.2 million to city coffers last year. Los Angeles Times, "This California town wants to be a 2nd Amendment ‘sanctuary city’ for guns and ammo," 1 Aug. 2019 But there has been no proof there is a medicinal benefit from the horns, which are made of keratin, the same component of human hair and nails. Washington Post, "Vietnam confiscates smuggled rhino horns worth $4 million," 30 July 2019 Medical Cannabis is a holistic plant that has many medicinal benefits. Ashley Mcdonough, Essence, "With Mary & Main, This Entrepreneur Charts An Unconventional Path In The Cannabis Industry," 30 July 2019 Cannabidiol, also known as CBD, is the ingredient in marijuana and hemp touted to have many medicinal benefits. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "FDA issues warning to CBD company for 'unsubstantiated' health claims," 23 July 2019

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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 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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