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

Definition of veterinary

  1. :  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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noun vet·er·i·nary

Definition of veterinary

plural

veterinaries

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First Known Use of veterinary

1861


VETERINARY Defined for English Language Learners

veterinary

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adjective

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

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


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noun vet·er·i·nary

Definition of veterinary for Students

plural

veterinaries


Medical Dictionary

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veterinary

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

Medical Definition of veterinary

  1. :  of, relating to, or being veterinary medicine


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noun vet·er·i·nary

Medical Definition of veterinary

plural

veterinaries



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