from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.
- n. The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means.
- n. The practice of medicine.
- n. An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury.
- n. Something that serves as a remedy or corrective: medicine for rebuilding the economy; measures that were harsh medicine.
- n. Shamanistic practices or beliefs, especially among Native Americans.
- n. Something, such as a ritual practice or sacred object, believed to control natural or supernatural powers or serve as a preventive or remedy.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
- n. A treatment or cure.
- n. The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
- n. The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
- n. Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
- n. black magic, superstition.
- v. To treat with medicine.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease.
- n. Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a medication; a medicament; a remedy; physic.
- n. A philter or love potion.
- n. A physician.
- n. Among the North American Indians, any object supposed to give control over natural or magical forces, to act as a protective charm, or to cause healing; also, magical power itself; the potency which a charm, token, or rite is supposed to exert.
- n. Hence, a similar object or agency among other savages.
- n. Short for Medicine man.
- n. Intoxicating liquor; drink.
- transitive v. To give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A substance used as a remedy for disease; a substance having or supposed to have curative properties; hence, figuratively, anything that has a curative or remedial effect.
- n. The art of preventing, curing, or alleviating diseases and remedying as far as possible the results of violence and accident.
- n. Something which is supposed to possess curative, supernatural, or mysterious power; any object used or any ceremony performed as a charm: an English equivalent for terms used among American Indians and other savage tribes.
- n. A physician.
- To treat or affect medicinally; work upon or cure by or as if by medicine.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. treat medicinally, treat with medicine
- n. the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques
- n. 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
- n. punishment for one's actions
- n. (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin medicīna, from feminine of medicīnus, of a doctor, from medicus, physician; see medical.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"), from medicus ("a physician, surgeon"), from medeor ("I heal"). (Wiktionary)