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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Additionally, the available treatments for HIV infection are so effective that, when the medication regimen is taken as prescribed by their HIV clinician, people living with HIV can live long healthy lives and cannot transmit HIV to others. SELF, "Here's Why Sexually Transmitted Infection Rates Are So High, According to STI Experts," 8 Jan. 2019 The length of the antibiotic regimens is the primary culprit for TB’s growing drug resistance. Abigail Higgins, Vox, "The deadliest infectious disease is becoming drug-resistant," 28 Sep. 2018 Gwyneth Paltrow taps into the retro beauty regimens of Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Farrah Fawcett and Madonna for Max Factor's new campaign, 100 Years of Glamour. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gwyneth Paltrow Goes To Breakfast At Tiffany's For Max Factor," 1 July 2014 Just because Kim K has been an open book about her Botox and Christie Brinkley admits to a regimen of fillers and laser treatments, doesn’t mean everyone is now open about their jabs, nips, tucks, and other skin-saving procedures. Liz Krieger, Town & Country, "The Stealthy Lies People Tell to Cover up Their Plastic Surgery," 26 Feb. 2019 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

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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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