medicine

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

Definition of medicine

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

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.

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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



MEDICINE Defined for English Language Learners

medicine

noun

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

noun med·i·cine \ ˈme-də-sən \

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 Dictionary

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
2 a :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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