regimen

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noun reg·i·men \ˈre-jə-mən also ˈre-zhə-\

Definition of regimen

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

  2. 2 :  government, rule

  3. 3 :  regime 1c

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Examples of regimen in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of regimen

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


First Known Use: 14th century


REGIMEN Defined for English Language Learners

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noun reg·i·men \ˈre-jə-mən also ˈre-zhə-\

Definition of regimen for English Language Learners

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


REGIMEN Defined for Kids

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noun reg·i·men \ˈre-jə-mən\

Definition of regimen for Students

  1. :  a systematic course of action a daily exercise regimen


Medical Dictionary

regimen

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

Medical Definition of regimen

  1. :  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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