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This page has 9 definitions of medical with English translations in 4 languages. Medical is an adjective and noun. Examples of how to use medical in a sentence are shown. Also define these 0 related words and terms: .

See also: médical

English medical definition


Borrowed from Middle French medical, from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus. Replaced Old English lǣċe (doctor (physician)), which is cognate with Icelandic læknir (doctor).


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛdɪkl̩/
  • Hyphenation: med‧i‧cal
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medical (comparative more medical, superlative most medical)

  1. Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine.
    medical doctor; medical student
    Do you have any medical experience?
  2. Intended to have a therapeutic effect; medicinal.
    medical marijuana; medical cannabis; medical treatment
  3. Requiring medical treatment.
    A costly medical condition can bankrupt you if it doesn't kill you first.
  4. Pertaining to the state of one's health.
    medical examinaton; medical exemption; medical history; medical record; medical diagnosis
  5. (UK) Pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
    medical ward


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medical (plural medicals)

  1. (informal) A medical examination.
    You'll have to get a medical before you apply for that job.
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
      After completing a medical and the requisite paperwork on Tuesday to seal the deal, Di María said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.
    • 2021 November 17, “Network News: Age-related medical requirements”, in RAIL, number 944, page 9:
      All UK train drivers must undergo a medical every three years up to the age of 54, and annually from then on.

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Interlingua medical definition


medical (not comparable)

  1. medical (pertaining to medicine, health care, etc.)

Middle French medical definition


From Latin medicālis, from medius (middle).


medical m

  1. Of or relating to the middle finger.

Romanian medical definition


From French médical.


medical m or n (feminine singular medicală, masculine plural medicali, feminine and neuter plural medicale)

  1. medical