medicine

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

Definition of medicine

  1. 1a :  a substance or preparation used in treating disease cough medicineb :  something that affects well-being he's bad medicine — Zane Grey

  2. 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. 3 :  a substance (as a drug or potion) used to treat something other than disease

  4. 4 :  an object held in traditional American Indian belief to give control over natural or magical forces; also :  magical power or a magical rite

medicine

transitive verb

Examples of medicine in a sentence

  1. He forgot to take his medicine.

  2. Did you look in the medicine cabinet for a pain reliever?

  3. Their research has led to many important advances in modern medicine.

  4. 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

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

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

medicine

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noun med·i·cine \ˈme-də-sən\

Definition of medicine for Students

  1. 1 :  something (as a pill or liquid) used to prevent, cure, or relieve a disease

  2. 2 :  a science dealing with the prevention, cure, or relief of disease


Medical Dictionary

medicine

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

Medical Definition of medicine

  1. 1:  a substance or preparation used in treating disease

  2. 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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