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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The regimen was exacting but relatively kid friendly. Bob Roehr, Smithsonian, "How the Gut Microbiome Could Provide a New Tool to Treat Autism," 14 June 2019 Fighting back against the harmful effects of the sun's UV rays, a layer of SPF is arguably the single-most important step in a skincare regimen. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "5 Sunscreens That Will Also Give You a Glow," 15 May 2019 The following day, Kylie unveiled the very first product in the lineup, which is also likely your very first (and super-important) step in any skincare regimen: a foaming face wash. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Everything We Know About Kylie Jenner's Skincare Line," 12 May 2019 Many in the business community and the GOP have welcomed the EPA’s direction in the Trump era, after maintaining that the agency under President Barack Obama was excessive in its regulatory regimen and stifled business. Heidi Vogt, WSJ, "Acting EPA Chief Plans to Stick With Trump’s Priorities," 6 July 2018 Even Ryu’s post-workout regimen fascinates his teammates. Stephanie Apstein, SI.com, "Hyun-jin Ryu's Training Routine Is More Baffling Than His Success," 13 June 2019 In an interview last year, Mickelson’s longtime trainer, Sean Cochran, credited the combination of a workout regimen focused on core and lower body strength and a swing that isn’t hard on his body. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Is This the Year Phil Mickelson Wins the U.S. Open?," 11 Feb. 2019 My mom taught me that your beauty regimen is a part of wellness. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "14 Beauty Experts on the Lessons They’ve Learned From Their Mothers," 11 May 2019 Taking medication or being on insulin therapy can be frustrating, but following your prescribed regimen is worth it. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 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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