medicine

noun
med·​i·​cine | \ ˈme-di-sən How to pronounce medicine (audio) , British usually ˈmed-sən How to pronounce medicine (audio) \

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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Lauren Caruba covers health care and medicine in the San Antonio and Bexar County area. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio researchers check synthetic version of capsaicin — the heat in chili peppers — for cancer-killing effects," 9 June 2019 Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Bon Appétit, "Contrary to What You've Been Told, You Should Be Marinating After You Grill," 7 June 2019 Two of Maryland’s top experts on public health and addiction medicine have published a book this week that seeks to demystify the opioid epidemic that has ravaged the state and nation with staggering overdose death tolls. Doug Donovan, baltimoresun.com, "Confused about the opioid overdose epidemic? These Maryland experts provide answers in comprehensive new book," 7 June 2019 Other communities have adopted even more extensive stoppages on recycling materials for plastics marked No. 3 through No. 7, which include yogurt containers, syrup bottles, medicine bottles with pop-off tops and plastic buckets. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "How a decision by the Chinese government reverberates into your Anchorage recycling bin," 6 June 2019 Your healthcare provider may treat you with corticosteroid or hormone replacement medicines. Astrazeneca, USA TODAY, "Tapping into the immune system shows promise in stage 3 lung cancer," 3 June 2019 Using BOTOX® Cosmetic with certain other medicines may cause serious side effects. Allure, "9 Dermatologist-Approved Skin Products That Can Reduce Fine Lines and Sun Spots," 25 May 2019 Last year, Amazon launched a line of medicine called Basic Care that covers everything from headaches to hair loss. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Amazon's rumored wearable device reads your emotions by listening to your voice," 23 May 2019 Often referred to as the father of modern medicine, Osler insisted that students learn from seeing and talking to patients rather than being confined to lecture halls. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 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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The first known use of medicine was in the 13th century

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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 How to pronounce medicine (audio) \

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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