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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The majority of lawmakers in the House of Commons are opposed to leaving the bloc without an exit plan, which many analysts say could cause major economic turmoil, including food and medicine shortages. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "British leader’s backers dismiss outrage over Parliament suspension as ‘candyfloss’," 29 Aug. 2019 The majority of lawmakers in the House of Commons are opposed to leaving the bloc without an exit plan, which many analysts say could cause major economic turmoil, including food and medicine shortages. Karla Adam, Anchorage Daily News, "Allies of British prime minister resign amid outrage over Parliament suspension," 29 Aug. 2019 Even though marijuana is not recognized by the Federal Drug Administration as a medicine, the National Institutes of Health recognizes chemicals derived from the plant can help increase appetite, decrease pain, inflammation and nausea. Sandra Woien, The Conversation, "Should investors buy marijuana stocks?," 29 Aug. 2019 Rodriguez and her baby would have to travel back into Venezuela, but the country is sinking deeper into political violence, food and medicine shortages. Megan Janetsky, USA TODAY, "No country to call home? Some babies born in Colombia to Venezuelan parents lack birthright citizenship," 11 Aug. 2019 In particular, avoid exposure to the blue light from LED bulbs and electronic devices, says Pablo Castillo, sleep medicine specialist at Mayo Clinic. Eustacia Huen, Twin Cities, "Can’t sleep? You probably need to make these changes.," 9 Aug. 2019 Or, better yet, talk to a travel medicine specialist. Maggie O'neill, Health.com, "What Is Malaria, and Where Are You Most at Risk?," 23 July 2019 My first instinct was to go throw out the remaining capsules, terrified of my 12-pound Cairn terrier digging these out of a low-sitting medicine cabinet one day and inflaming his fears of the world. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Vic Fangio Is Bringing His Hometown Vibes to Denver," 19 Aug. 2019 The problem is that much of medicine falls outside of established clinical guidelines. The Atlantic, "The Conversation," 18 Aug. 2019

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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 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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