This page has 17 definitions of medicine with English translations in 4 languages. Medicine is a noun and verb. Examples of how to use medicine in a sentence are shown. Also define these 27 related words and terms: healing, ingest, treatment, cure, diagnosis, prognosis, disease, illness, profession, physician, surgeon, practice, magic, medicine man, object, black magic, superstition, philter, recreational drug, alcoholic, drink, medicina, yo, medicinar, usted, él, and ella.
English medicine definition
- medicin (obsolete)
From Middle English medicin, borrowed from Middle French medicine, from Old French medecine, from Latin medicīna (“the healing art, medicine, a physician's shop, a remedy, medicine”), feminine of medicīnus (“of or belonging to physic or surgery, or to a physician or surgeon”), from medicus (“a physician, surgeon”).
The extended sense of "Indigenous magic" is a calque of Ojibwe mashkiki (“medicine”) or mide (or cognates in related languages) when used in compounds such as Grand Medicine Society, medicine lodge, medicine dance, medicine bag, medicine wheel, medicine man, Medicine Line, and bad medicine or place names such as Medicine Hat, Medicine Creek, etc.
- (UK) enPR: ˈmed-sǐn, ˈmed-sn, IPA(key): /ˈmed(ɪ).sɪn/, /ˈmed(ɪ).sn̩/
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- (US) enPR: ˈmed-ĭ-sĭn, IPA(key): /ˈmɛ.dɪ.sɪn/
- A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
- A treatment or cure.
- 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Innovation
- Surely every medicine is an innovation; and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils […]
- 1625, Francis Bacon, Of Innovation
- The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
- She's studying medicine at university because she wants to be a doctor in the future.
Diagnosis definitionThe identification of the nature and cause of an illness. (1 of 3 diagnosis definitions)
- The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
Profession definitionA declaration of belief, faith or one's opinion, whether genuine or pretended. (1 of 4 profession definitions)
- Ritual magic used, as by a medicine man, to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
- Among the Native Americans, any object supposed to give control over natural or magical forces, to act as a protective charm, or to cause healing.
- 1896, F. H. Giddings, The Principles of Sociology:
- The North American Indian boy usually took as his medicine the first animal of which he dreamed during the long and solitary fast that he observed at puberty.
- (obsolete) Black magic, superstition.
- (obsolete) A philter or love potion.
- (obsolete) A physician.
- (slang) Recreational drugs, especially alcoholic drinks.
- (substance): drug, prescription, pharmaceutical, elixir
- (treatment): regimen, course, program, prescription
- See also Thesaurus:medicine
- See also Thesaurus:pharmaceutical
- Ayurvedic medicine
- clinical medicine
- Edison's medicine
- energy medicine
- evidence-based medicine
- folk medicine
- forced medicine
- hallway medicine
- indigenous medicine
- medicine ball
- medicine dance
- Medicine Hat
- Medicine Line
- Medicine Lodge
- medicine man
- medicine show
- organized medicine
- take one's medicine
- taste of one's own medicine
- traditional medicine
- Yellow Medicine County
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- (rare, obsolete) To treat with medicine.
- 1857, Delia Bacon, The philosophy of the plays of Shakspere unfolded:
- And we shall find, under the head of the medicining of the body, some things on the subject of medicine in general, which could be better said there than here, because of the wrath of professional dignitaries,- the eye of the 'basilisk,' was not perhaps quite so terrible in that quarter then, as it was in some others.
- Prescription Desk Reference, Prescription Drug Information:
- “medicine” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.
- "medicine" in the Merriam-Webster On-line dictionary
- "medicine" in the Hutchinson Encyclopaedia, Helicon Publishing LTD 2007.
- medicine in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- medicine at OneLook Dictionary Search
Italian medicine definition
- plural of
Middle French medicine definition
medicine f (plural medicines)
- medicine (act of practising medical treatment)
- French: médecine
Spanish medicine definition
- First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of medicinar.
Medicinar definitionto medicate
- Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of medicinar.
Usted definitionsecond person formal; you (singular) (1 of 2 usted definitions)
- Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of medicinar.
- Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of medicinar.