regimen

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

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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Over the years, she's been asked for details on her skincare regimen, but hasn't revealed much. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "J.Lo Is Launching a Skincare Line So You Can Glow Forever," 14 Dec. 2018 The singer took a break from her usual colorful beauty regimen and went monochromatic, matching an all-white outfit to eyebrows made of feathers. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Halsey Wore White Feather Eyebrows on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show 2018 Runway," 9 Nov. 2018 Using the right cleanser and cleansing your face properly are two crucial steps in your skin care regimen to get and maintain healthy, beautiful skin. Dr. Leslie Baumann, miamiherald, "How to use a skin cleanser and see results," 3 July 2018 Shortly after, her husband heard a radio program about a new treatment regimen devised by physician Dale Bredesen that seemed to reverse early stage Alzheimer’s. Linda Marsa, Discover Magazine, "A New Treatment for Alzheimer's? It Starts With Lifestyle," 16 Nov. 2018 The new venture could help improve their care and cut costs by standardizing treatment regimens and directing employees to providers with proven track records. Casey Ross, STAT, "As Atul Gawande steps into a risky health CEO role, here are five challenges he faces," 9 July 2018 More broadly, officials hope medical advances will lead to shorter treatment regimens and, eventually, a vaccine. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the city health worker who tracks down tuberculosis patients in Anchorage," 3 July 2018 The goal is to better identify which patients can tolerate intensive chemotherapy, and which patients may need modified treatment regimens because of underlying conditions, such as cognitive impairment, that often go undetected by oncologists. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Geriatric Assessments Could Fine-Tune Cancer Care For Older Adults," 28 June 2018 Bengston, a Illinois Coaches Association Class 4A first team all-state selection, credits her big numbers to an offseason workout regimen. Bob Narang, Lake County News-Sun, "Holy Cross recruit Erin Bengston right at home in the batter's box for Grant in softball," 23 Mar. 2018

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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 \

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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