Definitions for medicineˈmɛd ə sɪn; esp. Brit. ˈmɛd sən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

med•i•cineˈmɛd ə sɪn; esp. Brit. ˈmɛd sən(n.; v.)-cined, -cin•ing.

  1. (n.)any substance used in treating disease or illness.

    Category: Medicine

  2. the art, science, or profession of preserving health and of curing or alleviating disease.

    Category: Medicine

  3. the art or science of treating disease by nonsurgical means. the branch of the medical profession concerned with this.

    Category: Medicine

  4. (among North American Indians) any object or practice regarded as having magical powers.

    Category: Anthropology

  5. (v.t.)to administer medicine to.

Idioms for medicine:

  1. take one's medicine, to submit bravely or resignedly to punishment, esp. when deserved.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of medicine:

1175–1225; ME < L medicīna (ars) healing (art), fem. of medicīnus of a physician. See medical , -ine1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. medicine, medical specialty(noun)

    the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques

  2. medicine, medication, medicament, medicinal drug(noun)

    (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

  3. medicine, practice of medicine(noun)

    the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries

    "he studied medicine at Harvard"

  4. music, medicine(verb)

    punishment for one's actions

    "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine"

  5. medicate, medicine(verb)

    treat medicinally, treat with medicine

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. medicine(noun)ˈmɛd ə sɪn; esp. Brit. ˈmɛd sən

    a substance that you take to cure an illness

    How often should I take the medicine?

  2. medicineˈmɛd ə sɪn; esp. Brit. ˈmɛd sən

    the study or science of treating or preventing illness or injury

    She's studying medicine.


  1. medicine(Noun)

    A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.

  2. medicine(Noun)

    A treatment or cure.

  3. medicine(Noun)

    The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.

  4. medicine(Noun)

    The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.

  5. medicine(Noun)

    Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.

  6. medicine(Noun)

    black magic, superstition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Medicine(noun)

    the science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease

  2. Medicine(noun)

    any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a remedy; physic

  3. Medicine(noun)

    a philter or love potion

  4. Medicine(noun)

    a physician

  5. Medicine(verb)

    to give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Medicine

    The art and science of studying, performing research on, preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease, as well as the maintenance of health.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'medicine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3555

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'medicine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3364

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'medicine' in Nouns Frequency: #1275

Translations for medicine

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a substance, especially a liquid for swallowing, that is used to treat or keep away disease or illness

a dose of medicine.

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