medicine

noun
med·​i·​cine | \ ˈme-di-sən, British usually ˈmed-sən\

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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In fact, this is why the medicine’s makers explicitly caution against using it for puffy eyes. Shannon Romanowski, SELF, "Does Preparation H Actually Help Treat Puffy Eyes?," 28 Dec. 2018 Despite that initiative, the government so far has agreed on partial reimbursement for just 10 of the 70 foreign medicines approved since the start of 2017. Preetika Rana, WSJ, "Big Pharma Wins Drug Approval in China Ahead of West for First Time," 18 Dec. 2018 The medicine was sold at CVS, Walmart, and Family Dollar. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "What to Do If You Bought Recalled Infant Ibuprofen, According to an Actual Doctor," 6 Dec. 2018 Many Venezuelans are undernourished, medicine is scarce and at least three million Venezuelans have left the country during the past two decades, causing a regional migrant crisis. José De Córdoba, WSJ, "Venezuelan Ex-Treasurer Admits He Took $1 Billion in Bribes," 21 Nov. 2018 The pill: one of the most important inventions of modern medicine. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 Since medical professionals say medicines are often mistaken for candy, Halloween—and the days after—are particularly risky. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This One Simple Step Could Save Your Kids From Accidental Poisoning This Halloween," 31 Oct. 2018 This is how medicines like asthma inhalers are able to penetrate into the lungs. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 Fortunately, Kim said, some companies are stepping up on issues like education, medicine and climate change. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Big data could ‘stop famines from ever happening again,’ says World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim," 24 Sep. 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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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 \

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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