regimen

noun
reg·​i·​men | \ ˈre-jə-mən also ˈre-zhə- How to pronounce regimen (audio) \

Definition of regimen

1a : a systematic plan (as of diet, therapy, or medication) especially when designed to improve and maintain the health of a patient
b : a regular course of action and especially of strenuous training the daily regimen of athletes

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We borrowed "regimen" straight from Latin, spelling and all - but in Latin, the word simply meant "rule" or "government." In English, it usually refers to a system of rules or guidelines, often for living a healthy life or taking a regular dose of exercise. The Latin regimen derives from another Latin word, the verb "regere," which means "to lead straight" or "to rule." If you trace straight back from "regere," you'll find that "regimen" has plenty of lexical kin, including "correct," "erect," "region," "rule," and "surge." If you are using the "training" sense of "regimen," be careful not to confuse the word with "regiment," another "regere" descendant, which is used for a military unit.

Examples of regimen in a Sentence

with the start of the new year, a new party will have regimen over the nation and, hopefully, bring some much-needed change

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Grueling, low-cal, high-cardio regimens still have plenty of overachieving fans, but resorts like the four here cater to another clientele. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "Wellness Getaways That Come With Tequila," 20 Feb. 2019 Some of that training regimen will be on a Fire team video about de Leeuw’s rehabilitation that will be available on the team’s website, Chicago-Fire.com. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "The road back for Chicago Fire’s de Leeuw and Mihailovic," 6 July 2018 His research group partnered with the Rutgers women’s soccer team to add consistent weight lifting to the team’s training regimen. Daniel Ackerman, Scientific American, "Avoiding the “Bobblehead Effect”: Strength Training Could Help Soccer Players," 29 June 2018 My g0-to butt regimen for years has been to slather my lower-half with all kinds of body oils, shimmers, and lotions, like Sol de Janeiro's Brazilian Bum Bum Cream, so my standards for a smooth, toned tush are high. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "I Tried Butt Masks, and My Booty May Never Be The Same," 22 Feb. 2019 Although the team is still analyzing the data from their first fully enrolled study, preliminary results suggest that an intense regimen using the dolphin game is significantly more effective than traditional methods of therapy. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 There’s nothing like a big angry zit to light a fire under your skin care regimen. Leah Prinzivalli, Glamour, "How to Get Rid of a Pimple Fast: 12 Dos & Don'ts of Fighting Acne," 17 Jan. 2019 Viral skincare brand Glow Recipe is all about bringing the produce aisle to your beauty regimen. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Glow Recipe Announced the Upcoming Launch of a Target Line Called Sweet Chef," 27 Dec. 2018 This regimen involves a dose of rabies immune globulin, which gives some immediate protection, followed by a series of four rabies vaccines (administered in the arm, just like other vaccines) to allow the body to mount its own immune response. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "What Happens When You Get Rabies? An Epidemiologist Explains," 24 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of regimen

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for regimen

Middle English, from Medieval Latin regimin-, regimen position of authority, direction, set of rules, from Latin, steering, control, from regere to direct

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regimen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of regimen

: a plan or set of rules about food, exercise, etc., to make someone become or stay healthy

regimen

noun
reg·​i·​men | \ ˈre-jə-mən How to pronounce regimen (audio) \

Kids Definition of regimen

: a systematic course of action a daily exercise regimen

regimen

noun
reg·​i·​men | \ ˈrej-ə-mən also ˈrezh-ə-\

Medical Definition of regimen

: a systematic plan (as of diet, therapy, or medication) especially when designed to improve and maintain the health of a patient

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