Medicine definition

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A substance, especially a drug, used to treat the signs and symptoms of a disease, condition, or injury.
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The practice of medicine.
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The practice of medicine.
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To give medicine to; treat medicinally.
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The science and art of diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing disease, relieving pain, and improving and preserving health.
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The scientific study or practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases or disorders of the body or mind of a person or animal.
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The branch of this science and art that makes use of drugs, diet, etc., as distinguished esp. from surgery and obstetrics.
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An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury.
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A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
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The definition of medicine is a drug or herb used to maintain health or treat a health issue.

An example of medicine is aspirin.

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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.

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Something that serves as a remedy or corrective.

Medicine for rebuilding the economy; measures that were harsh medicine.

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The science and art of diagnosing and treating disease or injury and maintaining health.
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The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means.
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Shamanistic practices or beliefs, especially among Native Americans.
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Something, such as a ritual practice or sacred object, believed to control natural or supernatural powers or serve as a preventive or remedy.
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Among North American Indians,
  • Any object, spell, rite, etc. supposed to have natural or supernatural powers as a remedy, preventive, protection, etc.
  • Magical power.
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Any drug or other substance used in treating disease, healing, or relieving pain.
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(obs.) A drug or other substance used for other purposes, as a poison, love potion, etc.
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A substance, especially a drug, used to treat the signs and symptoms of a disease, condition, or injury.
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The science and art of diagnosing and treating disease or injury and maintaining health.
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The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means.
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Shamanistic practices or beliefs, especially among Native Americans.
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Something, such as a ritual practice or sacred object, believed to control natural or supernatural powers or serve as a preventive or remedy.
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The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
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The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
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Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
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(rare, obsolete) To treat with medicine.
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take one's medicine
  • to endure just punishment or accept the results of one's action
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
medicine
Plural:
medicines

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of medicine

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin medicīna from feminine of medicīnus of a doctor from medicus physician medical

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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").

    From Wiktionary