designating or of the branch of medicine dealing with the prevention and treatment of diseases and injuries in animals, esp. domestic animals
Origin of veterinaryClassical Latin veterinarius, of beasts of burden from veterina, beasts of burden from veterinus, pertaining to beasts of burden from vetus (gen. veteris), old, in the sense “beasts of a certain age”: see veteran
Of or relating to veterinary medicine; concerned or connected with the medical or surgical treatment of animals, especially domestic animals.
Origin of veterinaryLatin veterīnārius from veterīnae beasts of burden from feminine pl. of veterīnus of beasts of burden ; see wet-2 in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more veterinary, superlative most veterinary)
- A veterinary surgeon, a veterinarian
Back-formation from veterinarian.