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 (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.
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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