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
Kids can meet professionals in fields from arts to medicine to public safety from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Miami Children’s Museum, 980 MacArthur Causeway.
The flat fee that Medicaid pays a hospital for a birth covers all medicine and supplies associated with that birth, which can include formula.
Dillard was arrested, and $2,543 in razors and over-the-counter-medicines were taken into evidence.
Methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone are the three medicines that are approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat opioid addiction.
More than a decade ago, Italy tried a novel approach to help bring down drug costs: asking pharmaceutical companies to return money to the national health system if some of their medicines failed to work as expected.
No one has suffered from smallpox since 1978, and smallpox is now one of medicine's biggest success stories.
And some of the most effective therapies don’t necessarily involve medicine at all, but changing the environments in which asthmatics live.
Segler, who will soon move to London to work at a pharmaceutical company, hopes to use the approach to improve the production of medicines.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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