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adjective vet·er·i·nary \ ˈve-tə-rə-ˌner-ē , ˈve-trə- , ˈve-tə-ˌner- \

Definition of veterinary

:of, relating to, practicing, or being the science and art of prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease and injury in animals and especially domestic animals

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Origin and Etymology of veterinary

Latin veterinarius of beasts of burden, from veterinae beasts of burden, from feminine plural of veterinus of beasts of burden; akin to Latin veter-, vetus old


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Definition of veterinary

plural veterinaries

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First Known Use of veterinary

1861


VETERINARY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of veterinary for English Language Learners

  • : relating to the medical care and treatment of animals


VETERINARY Defined for Kids

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adjective vet·er·i·nary \ ˈve-tə-rə-ˌner-ē \

Definition of veterinary for Students

:of, relating to, specializing in, or being the medical care of animals
  • a veterinary surgeon

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veterinary

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Definition of veterinary for Students

plural veterinaries

Medical Dictionary

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adjective vet·er·i·nary \ ˈvet-ə-rən-ˌer-ē , ˈve-trən- , ˈvet-ᵊn- \

medical Definition of veterinary

:of, relating to, or being veterinary medicine

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medical Definition of veterinary

plural veterinaries


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