Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to the study or practice of medicine.
  • adj. Requiring treatment by medicine.
  • n. Informal A thorough physical examination.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine.
  • n. A medical examination.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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
  • n. A student or a practitioner of medicine.
  • n. A small bottle or vial made from glass tubing.

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

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

Etymologies

Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus, physician, from medērī, to heal; see med- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Coined by Sir Thomas Browne, 1646, based on Latin medicus. (Wiktionary)

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