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medicine (drug)

Definition:

something that treats, prevents, or alleviates the symptoms of disease

Class:

artifact noun (man-made objects)

Related to:

medicate | medicinal

Plural:

medicines

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

medicament | medication | medicinal drug | med. [abbreviation]

Etymology:

Latin medicina, originally ars medicina "the medical art", from feminine of...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of medicine...

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Pharmaceutical drug | medicine | medication

can be loosely defined as any chemical substance - or product comprising such - intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease. The word pharmaceutical comes from the Greek word Pharmakeia. The modern... (38 of 4915 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Pharmaceutical drug

Collins Dictionary:

medicament | medicamentary [adjective, derived]

a medicine or remedy in a specified formulation (8 of 191 words, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/medicament

Merriam-Webster:

medicament | cure [synonym] | drug [synonym] | medicine [synonym] | medication [synonym] | medicinal [synonym] | pharmaceutical [synonym] | physic [synonym] | remedy [synonym] | ...

a substance used in therapy (5 of 99 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/medicament

Oxford Dictionary:

medicament

a substance used for medical treatment (6 of 41 words, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/medicament

Macmillan British Dictionary:

medicament [countable, formal] | medicaments [plural]

a substance used for treating an illness or injury (9 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/medicament

American Heritage Dictionary:

medicament

An agent that promotes recovery from injury or ailment; a medicine. (11 of 25 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/medicament

New World Dictionary:

medication | medicament [sense-specific]

a medicating or being medicated | a medicine; substance for curing or healing, or for relieving pain (16 of 22 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/medication

Random House Dictionary:

medicament | medicant [synonym]

a healing substance; medicine; remedy. (5 of 17 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/medicament

Wiktionary:

medicament | medicaments [plural] | pharmaceutical [synonym]

A medicine, medication or drug (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/medicament

Cambridge Dictionary:

medication

a medicine, or a set of medicines or drugs used to improve a particular condition or illness (17 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/medication

Britannica Encyclopedia:

medicine [science]

the practice concerned with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease. The World Health Organization at its 1978 ... (23 of 896 words, 6 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/372431​/medicine

Columbia Encyclopedia:

medicine

the science and art of treating and preventing disease. (9 of 11 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0832483​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

medicament | medicaments [plural]

a substance used to treat an illness (7 of 30 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629002​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

medicine

First use: early 13th century

Origin: Latin medicina, originally ars medicina "the medical art", from feminine of medicinus (adjective) "of a doctor", from ... (20 of 123 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=medicine

Wiktionary:

medicine | medicines [plural] | medicined [past tense] | medicining [present participle]

Origin: Middle English medicin, from Old French, from Latin medicīna ("the healing art, medicine, a physician's shop, a remedy, medicine"), feminine of medicinus ("of or belonging to physic or surgery, or to a physician or surgeon"),... (35 of 44 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/medicine

American Heritage Dictionary:

medicine

Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin medicīna, from feminine of medicīnus, of a doctor, from medicus, physician; see "medical".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/medicine

Collins Dictionary:

medicine

First use: 13th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin medicīna (ars) (art of) healing, from medicus doctor, from medērī to heal

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/medicine

Merriam-Webster:

medicine

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin medicina, from feminine of medicinus of a physician, from medicus

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/medicine

Oxford Dictionary:

medicine | taste

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin medicina, from medicus "physician"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/medicine

New World Dictionary:

medicine | medicined [past tense] | medicining [present participle]

Origin: Old French from Latin medicina from medicus: see "medical"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/medicine

Encarta Dictionary:

medicine

First use: 12th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin medicina "practice of medicine" from medicus "doctor" from mederi "heal"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861629008​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Medicine

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "Medicine"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "Medicine"

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Medicine

Collins Dictionary:

medicine

Audio 1: British English pronunciation of "medicine"

Audio 2: North American English pronunciation of "medicine"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/medicine

Macmillan American Dictionary:

medicine | medicines [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "medicine"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/medicine

Macmillan British Dictionary:

medicine | medicines [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "medicine"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/medicine

Cambridge Dictionary:

medicine [entry 2]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "medicine"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "medicine"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/medicine 2

the Free Dictionary:

medicine

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "medicine"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "medicine"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "medicine" by speech synthesizer

Audio 4: North American English pronunciation of "medicine" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/medicine

Google Dictionary:

medicine | medicines [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "medicine"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=medicine

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

medicine

Audio: North American pronunciation of "medicine"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=medici​03 word=medicine

YourDictionary Audio:

medicine

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "medicine" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/medicine

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