Definition of medicine
1a : a substance or preparation used in treating disease cough medicineb : something that affects well-being he's bad medicine — Zane Grey
2a : the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease She's interested in a career in medicine.b : the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease
3 : a substance (such as a drug or potion) used to treat something other than disease
4 : an object held in traditional American Indian belief to give control over natural or magical forces; also : magical power or a magical rite
Examples of medicine in a Sentence
He forgot to take his medicine.
Did you look in the medicine cabinet for a pain reliever?
Their research has led to many important advances in modern medicine.
She's interested in a career in medicine.
Recent Examples of medicine from the Web
It’s supported by the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, among other leading associations spanning medicine and sport.
Toward those ambitious ends, Clark has been meeting with everyone from UAB President Ray Watts to university department heads to politicians to world-renowned sports medicine professionals such as Dr. James Andrews.
Dollar Shortage Maduro has faced almost two months of public protests while cutting imports of food and medicine to conserve cash and continue bond payments.
But good medicine isn’t always financially feasible.
Kohut remains in custody, but the state medical board has asked a judge to block him from practicing medicine.
A: Sure, a certified travel-medicine doctor is always up to date on what's happening.
For Bacon, it’s Western medicine and the standard American diet.
Dagwood began a long medical process, Katie Wilson, a clinical assistant professor of large animal medicine who supervised much of Dagwood’s care, has said.
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Origin and Etymology of medicine
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin medicina, from feminine of medicinus of a physician, from medicus
First Known Use: 13th century
MEDICINE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of medicine for English Language Learners
: a substance that is used in treating disease or relieving pain and that is usually in the form of a pill or a liquid
: the science that deals with preventing, curing, and treating diseases
MEDICINE Defined for Kids
Definition of medicine for Students
1 : something (as a pill or liquid) used to prevent, cure, or relieve a disease
2 : a science dealing with the prevention, cure, or relief of disease
Medical Definition of medicine
1: a substance or preparation used in treating disease
2a: the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of diseaseb: the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease
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