medicine

noun
med·i·cine | \ ˈme-di-sən , British usually ˈmed-sən \

Definition of medicine 

1a : a substance or preparation used in treating disease cough medicine

b : 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

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medicine transitive verb

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.
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The Americans also sought, unsuccessfully, to thwart a W.H.O. effort aimed at helping poor countries obtain access to lifesaving medicines. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, "U.S. Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution Stuns World Health Officials," 8 July 2018 Thanks to modern medicine, an Achilles tear is no longer a death sentence. Nathaniel Friedman, GQ, "Boogie Cousins Heads for the Bay," 3 July 2018 San Antonians on Monday mourned Edith McAllister, a tiny dynamo who left an indelible impact on every aspect of the city, from education to the arts to medicine. Carmina Danini And Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "McAllister remembered for her generosity, vitality," 2 July 2018 But Patterson emphasized that the treatments should be used as a supplement to modern medicine instead of a substitute. Ethan May, Indianapolis Star, "Sitting in a room of salt is a new trend in Indianapolis. Here's how it works.," 29 June 2018 The lawsuit charges some tablets contained up to 1,000 more times medicine than indicated on the label. Ron Hurtibise, Sun-Sentinel.com, "More lawsuits filed against South Florida drug maker accused of selling contaminated medicines," 29 June 2018 The implications of this work to medicine could be huge, if the findings can be translated into pills that safely and effectively administer insulin and other peptide drugs to humans. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "These insulin pills could replace daily injections for diabetics, study says," 28 June 2018 However, the pace of innovation is quickening: Several companies can now tailor strands of DNA in ways that could revolutionize fields from agriculture to fragrances to medicine—and be profoundly dangerous in the wrong hands. Rebecca Spalding, Bloomberg.com, "The DNA Cops Who Make Sure the World’s Deadliest Viruses Aren’t Rebuilt," 27 June 2018 However, the pace of innovation is quickening: Several companies can now tailor strands of DNA in ways that could revolutionize fields from agriculture to fragrances to medicine—and be profoundly dangerous in the wrong hands. Fortune, "These DNA Cops Make Sure Deadly Viruses Don't Get Rebuilt," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of medicine

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for medicine

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin medicina, from feminine of medicinus of a physician, from medicus

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medicine

noun

English Language Learners Definition of medicine

: 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

noun
med·i·cine | \ ˈme-də-sən \

Kids Definition of medicine

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

medicine

noun
med·i·cine | \ ˈmed-ə-sən, British usually ˈmed-sən \

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 disease

b : the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease

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