Definition of medicine
1a : a substance or preparation used in treating disease cough medicineb : 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
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.
Recent Examples of medicine from the Web
And some of the most effective therapies don’t necessarily involve medicine at all, but changing the environments in which asthmatics live.
Segler, who will soon move to London to work at a pharmaceutical company, hopes to use the approach to improve the production of medicines.
He was forced to take medicine and receive injections before finally walking free after 19 days.
And until recently the University of Pennsylvania had but a half-claim to William Henry Harrison, who studied medicine here for one semester.
Eric Topol, director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute and one of the leading voices on digital medicine, is doubtful of the medical relevance of WHOOP.
While many companies sell specialized tick removal devices, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the plain, pointy pair in your medicine cabinet will work just fine.
Instead of just buying ads aimed at gender and age groupings—the traditional currency of TV—the company chose to target audience segments most receptive to cold-medicine pitches.
Cuba is offering the FARC and the government of Colombia 1,000 scholarships for ex-combatants to study 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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
MEDICINE Defined for English Language Learners
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
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 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 diseaseb: the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease
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