medicine[med′ə sən; Brit med′sən, -sin]
- The definition of medicine is a drug or herb used to maintain health or treat a health issue.
An example of medicine is aspirin.
- Medicine is defined as the science of diagnosing and preventing disease and of maintaining health.
An example of medicine is a pediatrician checking to make sure a child is healthy.
A doctor practices medicine.
- the science and art of diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing disease, relieving pain, and improving and preserving health
- the branch of this science and art that makes use of drugs, diet, etc., as distinguished esp. from surgery and obstetrics
- any drug or other substance used in treating disease, healing, or relieving pain
- Obsolete a drug or other substance, as a poison, love potion, etc., used for other purposes
- ☆ among North American Indian peoples
- any object, spell, rite, etc. supposed to have natural or supernatural powers as a remedy, preventive, protection, etc.
- magical power
Origin of medicineOld French ; from Classical Latin medicina ; from medicus: see medical
take one's medicine☆
- a. The science and art of diagnosing and treating disease or injury and maintaining health.b. The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means.
- The practice of medicine.
- A substance, especially a drug, used to treat the signs and symptoms of a disease, condition, or injury.
- Something that serves as a remedy or corrective: medicine for rebuilding the economy; measures that were harsh medicine.
- a. Shamanistic practices or beliefs, especially among Native Americans.b. Something, such as a ritual practice or sacred object, believed to control natural or supernatural powers or serve as a preventive or remedy.
Origin of medicineMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin medicīna, from feminine of medicīnus, of a doctor, from medicus, physician; see medical.
- A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
- A treatment or cure.
- The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
- The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
- Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
(third-person singular simple present medicines, present participle medicining, simple past and past participle medicined)
- (rare, obsolete) To treat with medicine.
Middle English medicin, from Old French, from Latin medicÄ«na (“the healing art, medicine, a physician's shop, a remedy, medicine"), feminine of medicinus (“of or belonging to physic or surgery, or to a physician or surgeon"), from medicus (“a physician, surgeon"), from medeor (“I heal").