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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Other Words from medicine

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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Recent Examples on the Web Today the drugs would be almost impossible for the state to obtain due to objections from the drug makers who don’t want their medicines used in executions. oregonlive, "Take a look inside Oregon’s execution chamber," 4 Feb. 2020 So of course Chinese investors had to take their medicine today. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "‘Irrational, herd behavior’— China’s markets plunge on coronavirus fears, but the selloff fails to spread overseas," 3 Feb. 2020 Without regulatory harmony, Morningside Pharmaceuticals could face new barriers to selling its medicines to EU member states, which currently provide around 5% of its annual revenue, Mr. Kotecha said. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "U.K. Companies Brace for Bumps on Brexit Homestretch," 2 Feb. 2020 Students working to become doctors are increasingly choosing to enter more lucrative careers in medicine rather than become primary care physicians, due in part to high student loan payments. Kimberly Leonard, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Healthcare: Officials scramble to handle mysterious pneumonia-like virus spreading in China," 21 Jan. 2020 The evidence is still far from conclusive, but experts still advise to wait at least four hours after consuming soy to take your thyroid medicine. Marygrace Taylor, Good Housekeeping, "Is Soy Good or Bad for You? Here's the Science-Backed Answer," 17 Jan. 2020 Congress approved the creation of ClinicalTrials.gov in 1997, after allegations that patients were harmed because companies withheld evidence showing their medicines were ineffective or hazardous. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "FDA and NIH let clinical trial sponsors keep results secret and break the law," 13 Jan. 2020 Newsom's proposal would create a single market for drug pricing in California, with companies having to bid to sell their medicine at a uniform price. CBS News, "California could create a prescription drug label, a first among states," 10 Jan. 2020 His proposal also would create a single market for drug pricing in California, with companies having to bid to sell their medicine at a uniform price. Washington Post, "California could be 1st state to sell own prescription drugs," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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7 Feb 2020

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“Medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medicine?utm_campaign=sd&utm_medium=serp&utm_source=jsonld. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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More Definitions for medicine

medicine

noun
How to pronounce medicine (audio) How to pronounce medicine (audio)

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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