What does medicinal mean?

Definitions for medicinal
məˈdɪs ə nlmedic·i·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. medicative, medicinaladjective

    having the properties of medicine

    "medicative drugs"; "medicinal herbs"; "medicinal properties"


  1. medicinaladjective

    having the properties of medicine, or pertaining to medicine; medical.

  2. medicinaladjective

    Tending or used to cure disease or relieve pain.

  3. medicinaladjective

    Tasting like medicine; particularly of sweetish artificial flavours similar to cherry, almond or licorice.

  4. Etymology: From medicinalis.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Medicinaladjective

    Etymology: medicinalis, Latin:

    Come with words as medicinal as true,
    Honest as either; to purge him of that humour
    That presses him from sleep. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Thoughts my tormentors arm’d with deadly stings,
    Mangle my apprehensive tenderest parts;
    Exasperate, exulcerate and raise
    Dire inflammation, which no cooling herb
    Nor medicinal liquor can assuage. John Milton, Agonistes.

    The second causes took the swift command,
    The medicinal head, the ready hand;
    All but eternal doom was conquer’d by their art. Dryden.

    Learn’d he was in med’cinal lore,
    For by his side a pouch he wore,
    Replete with strange hermetick powder,
    That wounds nine miles point-blank with solder. Samuel Butler.

    Such are called medicinal-days by some writers, wherein no crisis or change is expected, so as to forbid the use of medicines: but it is most properly used for those days wherein purging, or any other evacuation, is more conveniently complied with. John Quincy.

    Medicinal-hours are those wherein it is supposed that medicines may be taken, commonly reckoned in the morning fasting, about an hour before dinner, about four hours after dinner, and going to bed; but times are to be governed by the symptoms and aggravation of the distemper. John Quincy.


  1. medicinal

    Medicine is the science and practice of caring for a patient, managing the diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, treatment, palliation of their injury or disease, and promoting their health. Medicine encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness. Contemporary medicine applies biomedical sciences, biomedical research, genetics, and medical technology to diagnose, treat, and prevent injury and disease, typically through pharmaceuticals or surgery, but also through therapies as diverse as psychotherapy, external splints and traction, medical devices, biologics, and ionizing radiation, amongst others.Medicine has been practiced since prehistoric times, and for most of this time it was an art (an area of creativity and skill), frequently having connections to the religious and philosophical beliefs of local culture. For example, a medicine man would apply herbs and say prayers for healing, or an ancient philosopher and physician would apply bloodletting according to the theories of humorism. In recent centuries, since the advent of modern science, most medicine has become a combination of art and science (both basic and applied, under the umbrella of medical science). For example, while stitching technique for sutures is an art learned through practice, the knowledge of what happens at the cellular and molecular level in the tissues being stitched arises through science. Prescientific forms of medicine, now known as traditional medicine or folk medicine, remain commonly used in the absence of scientific medicine, and are thus called alternative medicine. Alternative treatments outside of scientific medicine with safety and efficacy concerns are termed quackery.


  1. medicinal

    Medicinal refers to any substance or process related to the prevention, treatment, cure, or improvement of diseases or other health conditions in living organisms, particularly humans. This term is commonly applied to drugs, plants, therapies, or procedures that possess or are recognized for their healing or therapeutic properties.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Medicinaladjective

    having curative or palliative properties; used for the cure or alleviation of bodily disorders; as, medicinal tinctures, plants, or springs

  2. Medicinaladjective

    of or pertaining to medicine; medical

  3. Etymology: [L. medicinalis: cf. F. mdicinal. See Medicine.]

Anagrams for medicinal »

  1. adminicle

  2. miniclade

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of medicinal in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of medicinal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of medicinal in a Sentence

  1. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray:

    We’re strengthening the recreational marijuana market and creating safer, more consistent access for those who rely on medicinal products.

  2. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Essay: Nature:

    To the body and mind which have been cramped by noxious work or company, nature is medicinal and restores their tone.

  3. Abderrahman Hassi:

    Business strategies can interestingly be assimilated with medicinal drugs. There are no better or worse strategies. There are only adequately adopted business strategies or inappropriately selected and implemented strategies.

  4. Chuck Rosenberg:

    What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal -- because it’s not.

  5. Jorgen Stoltz:

    In the summer there is arrowgrass, which tastes of coriander, all year round we find scurvy grass, which is what the Vikings used to bring around Europe as a medicinal herb. We also call it wasabi wort because of its intensity, just like horseradish.

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  • علاجيArabic
  • medicinalCatalan, Valencian
  • medizinal, medizinisch, Arznei, medikamentös, heilenGerman
  • medicinalSpanish
  • [[lääkkeen]] [[makuinen]], lääke, -mainen, lääkekasvi, parantavaFinnish
  • médicinalFrench
  • medicusLatin
  • geneeskrachtigDutch
  • vindecător, medicinalRomanian
  • медици́нский, лече́бный, лека́рственныйRussian
  • iyileştirici, müsekkin, tedavi edici, ilaç özelliği olan, teskin ediciTurkish

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