Definitions for medicine
ˈmɛd ə sɪn; esp. Brit. ˈmɛd sənmedicine
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word medicine.
medicine, medical specialtynoun
the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
medicine, medication, medicament, medicinal drugnoun
(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
medicine, practice of medicinenoun
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"
punishment for one's actions
"you have to face the music"; "take your medicine"
treat medicinally, treat with medicine
A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
A treatment or cure.
The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
black magic, superstition.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Physick; any remedy administered by a physician.
Etymology: medicine, Fr. medicina, Latin.
O, my dear father! restauration, hang
Thy medicine on my lips; and let this kiss
Repair those violent harms. William Shakespeare, King Lear.
Let’s make us medicines of our great revenge,
To cure this deadly grief. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.
A merry heart doth good like a medicine; but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Prov. xvii. 22.
I wish to die, yet dare not death endure;
Detest the med’cine, yet desire the cure. Dryden.
To operate as physick. Not used.
Etymology: from the noun.
Not all the drowsy syrups of the world,
Shall ever medicine thee to that sweet sleep
Which thou owedst yesterday. William Shakespeare.
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 skill and knowledge), 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.
Medicine generally refers to the branch of science and practice that involves diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases, injuries, and other health conditions in humans or animals. It includes various fields such as pharmacology, surgery, pediatrics, cardiology, and more. Medicine aims to restore, maintain, or improve the health and well-being of individuals or populations through the use of drugs, therapies, surgical procedures, and preventive measures. It encompasses the knowledge, skills, and techniques employed by healthcare professionals to alleviate suffering, promote healing, and enhance the overall quality of life.
the science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease
any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a remedy; physic
a philter or love potion
to give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure
Etymology: [L. medicina (sc. ars), fr. medicinus medical, fr. medicus: cf. F. mdecine. See Medical.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
med′i-sin, or med′sin, n. anything applied for the cure or lessening of disease or pain, whether simple or compound (made up of more than one ingredient): the science which treats of the prevention or cure of disease: a charm.—v.t. to treat or cure by medicine.—adj. Medic′inal, relating to medicine: fitted to cure or to lessen disease or pain.—adv. Medic′inally.—ns. Med′icine-bag, a Red Indian's receptacle for charms; Med′icine-chest, a chest for keeping medicines in a ship, &c.; Med′icine-man, among savages, a witch-doctor or exorciser.—adjs. Med′ico-chirur′gical, relating to both medicine and surgery; Med′ico-lē′gal, relating to the application of medicine to questions of law. [Fr.,—L. medicina—medicus.]
U.S. National Library of 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
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'medicine' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3555
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'medicine' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3364
Rank popularity for the word 'medicine' in Nouns Frequency: #1275
The numerical value of medicine in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of medicine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
Formerly, when religion was strong and science weak, men mistook magic for medicine; now, when science is strong and religion weak, men mistake medicine for magic.
After having lived for years with different cancers, and having surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, I thought it would be wonderful if we could find different kinds of treatments for people going through cancer, i’ve been lucky enough to be married to an amazing man, ‘Amazon’ John [Easterling], who’s a plant medicine man. So I’ve taken a lot of plant medicine over the last years and have done well. We want to raise money to fund the studies on plant medicine.
Cardiac events during sports are uncommon for anyone, said Dr. Stuart Berger, division head of cardiology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. While they can also occur in kids and teens, these injuries can happen whether or not people play sports. While many children can get injured on the field, the numbers are mostly declining – and sports are important for their physical and mental health, doctors say. They explain how to prevent and treat sports injury in kids. How many kids get injured playing sports Overall injuries due to youth participation in football show a dramatic decline since 2013, plateauing in 2020 and heading back up in 2021, according to the most recent figures from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Children should receive an hour of exercise per day. WavebreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock Convincing your child to leave the screens behind to exercise is hard. Heres how to do it More than a million kids ages 5 to 14 were injured in sports and required a trip to the emergency room, according to the commission. Along with sports like basketball, soccer and football, the agency also reported significant injuries from things like playground equipment and skateboards. Children between the ages of 5 and 14 were most likely to be injured in football in 2021 : There were 110,171 reported injuries in children ages 5 to 14 in 2021, compared to 92,802 in youth and young adults aged 15 to 24. Soccer and basketball were also high risk for kids ’ injuries with 59,000 and 79,207 injuries, respectively. The sports with the highest rates of concussion were : boys ’ football, with 10.4 concussions per 10,000 athlete exposures ; girls ’ soccer, with 8.19 per 10,000 athlete exposures ; and boys ’ ice hockey, with 7.69 per 10,000 athlete exposures, according to a 2019 study. High contact sports like hockey, football, lacrosse and martial arts might be higher risk for serious injuries such as head injury, but even seemingly safer sports like swimming and track pose some risk for overuse injuries. And they all can be made safer with the right strategy, said Dr. Erin Grieb, pediatric primary care sports medicine physician at Stanford Medicine Children’s Orthopedic and Sports Stanford Medicine Center. Here’s what to do if your child plays sports. What to look out for When it comes to cardiac events, screening is crucial, Stuart Berger said. Generally, kids are safe to play sports and exercise without concern for cardiac events, but with all types of sports, it is important to do a physical with family history to identify those who might be at risk, he added. ‘ The concerns are that maybe there is somebody with an underlying cardiac abnormality, the screening is designed to bring that out and that we can identify, if possible, who those kids are.
Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.
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- طب, دواء, علاجArabic
- tibb, ilaç, dərmanAzerbaijani
- лячэнне, медыцына, лякарства, лекіBelarusian
- лекарство, медицинаBulgarian
- louzoù, medisinerezhBreton
- lékařství, léčba, lékCzech
- Medikament, Medizin, ArzneiGerman
- atike, amatsiEwe
- αγωγή, ιατρική, φάρμακοGreek
- kuracilo, medicinoEsperanto
- medicina, medicamentoSpanish
- medikament, arstirohi, meditsiinEstonian
- دارو, طب, پزشکیPersian
- hoito, lääke, lääketiede, lääkäriysFinnish
- læknafrøði, heilivágurFaroese
- médecine, remède, médicament, médicaments, traitementFrench
- eòlas-leigheas, leigheas, ìoc, cungaidhScottish Gaelic
- רפואה, תרופהHebrew
- औषधि, औषधHindi
- medikamanHaitian Creole
- orvostan, varázsszer, gyógyszer, orvostudomány, orvosságHungarian
- դեղ, դեղորայք, բժշկությունArmenian
- lyf, læknisfræðiIcelandic
- medicina, clinicaItalian
- 医学, 治療, 薬Japanese
- წამალი, მედიცინა, მკურნალობაGeorgian
- ndawaKikuyu, Gikuyu
- медицина, дауа, дәріKazakh
- 醫學, 약, 의학Korean
- îlac, derman, tibKurdish
- медицина, дарыKyrgyz
- MedezinLuxembourgish, Letzeburgesch
- ວິຊາແພດ, ຢາLao
- medikamentas, vaistas, medicinaLithuanian
- izārstēšana, medikaments, medicīna, zāles, ārstēšana, ārstniecībaLatvian
- вражење, лек, вражба, лекарство, лекување, медицинаMacedonian
- анагаах ухаан, эм тариаMongolian
- perubatan, ubatMalay
- ဆေး, အာယုဗ္ဗေဒBurmese
- medicijn, geneesmiddel, artsenij, geneeskundeDutch
- legemiddel, medisin, medikamentNorwegian
- azeeʼNavajo, Navaho
- lek, lekarstwo, medykament, medycynaPolish
- medicina, tratamento, remédioPortuguese
- terapie, medicină, tratament, medicamentRomanian
- лечение, [[лекарственный, медикамент, медицина, лекарство, лекарственное средствоRussian
- медицина, лијек, zdravilo, лек, lek, medicina, здравило, lijekSerbo-Croatian
- lekárstvo, medicína, liek, liečbaSlovak
- zdravilo, medicinaSlovene
- mjekësi, ilaçAlbanian
- morianaSouthern Sotho
- medicin, läkemedel, läkarvetenskap, läkekonstSwedish
- వైద్యం, ఔషదం, మందుTelugu
- дору, тиб, пизишкӣTajik
- แพทยศาสตร์, แพทย์, ยา, การรักษาThai
- derman, medisinaTurkmen
- tıp, ilaçTurkish
- дару, медицинаTatar
- лік, лікування, ліки, медицина, лікарствоUkrainian
- dori, iloj, medikament, tib, meditsinaUzbek
- iselapho, umuthiZulu
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