Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the study or practice of medicine.
  • adjective Requiring treatment by medicine.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Pertaining or relating to the profession or practice of medicine; engaged in or connected with the study or treatment of disease: as, the medical profession; a medical man, book, or college; medical services; medical science.
  • Curative; medicinal; therapeutic: as, the medical properties of a plant; the medical effects of bathing. Abbreviated medicine
  • noun A student or a practitioner of medicine.
  • noun A small bottle or vial made from glass tubing.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of, pertaining to, or having to do with, the art of healing disease, or the science of medicine
  • adjective Containing medicine; used in medicine; medicinal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine.
  • noun informal A medical examination.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective requiring or amenable to treatment by medicine especially as opposed to surgery
  • adjective relating to the study or practice of medicine
  • noun a thorough physical examination; includes a variety of tests depending on the age and sex and health of the person
  • adjective of or belonging to Aesculapius or the healing art

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus, physician, from medērī, to heal; see med- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Coined by Sir Thomas Browne, 1646, based on Latin medicus.

Examples

  • The term "medical home" is misleading, as it refers not to a place but a practice—one in which doctors coordinate primary care for patients with chronic conditions like diabetes.

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  • I personally try to force myself to use the term medical liability insurance rather than medical malpractice insurance.

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  • Thirty years ago the phrase "medical marijuana" didn't exist and as I mentioned before, the thought of legalization in the U.S. was a pipe dream no pun intended.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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  • : The term medical marijuana took on dramatic new meaning in February, 2000 when researchers in Madrid announced they had destroyed incurable brain tumors in rats by injecting them with THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

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