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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Most recently, on July 3 the Food and Drug Administration approved selinexor (Xpovio) for people with multiple myeloma who have failed at least five other treatment regimens. Michele Cohen Marill, WIRED, "Why Dogs Now Play a Big Role in Human Cancer Research," 12 July 2019 If starting an exercise regimen sounds daunting, begin by walking a few minutes a day and gradually increase the time. Jelena Kecmanovic, Washington Post, "Could our efforts to avoid anxiety only be making it worse?," 10 July 2019 But the episode raised questions about Boeing's oversight of its global network of suppliers and the suppliers' internal inspection regimens. Michael Laris, Anchorage Daily News, "Long before the 737 Max disasters, Boeing had a history of failing to fix safety problems," 27 June 2019 People scoring high in structure—who thrived on having coaches set practice schedules and workout regimens—tend to fare better starting in highly organized training programs, often found at financial-services firms, for instance. Hilary Potkewitz, WSJ, "Which Career Is Best For You? The Clues Lie in Your College Sport," 26 June 2019 Warriors free agent-to-be Klay Thompson will have to work his ACL rehab around a new kind of shooting regimen this offseason. Michael Nowels, The Mercury News, "Free agent Klay will team up with LeBron, Davis — in ‘Space Jam 2’, report says," 20 June 2019 The 10-year-old was treated with an antibiotic regimen for 10 days. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Mom bound for trial in case of 10-year-old who police say received unnecessary medical procedures based on false health information," 10 June 2019 By the looks of her social media, Miller is under an intense physical therapy regimen to try and make that happen, even completing a port de bras in one video. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Is Officially Cancer Free," 23 May 2019 In both real life and online, I’m bombarded by people with perfect skin telling me a single product or regimen is to thank. Glamour, "Why I Never Take Advice From People With Perfect Skin," 22 May 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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