Definition of Medicine

1. Verb. Treat medicinally, treat with medicine.

Exact synonyms: Medicate
Category relationships: Practice Of Medicine
Generic synonyms: Care For, Treat
Specialized synonyms: Dose, Drug, Salve
Derivative terms: Medication, Medication, Medicative

2. Noun. The branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques.
Exact synonyms: Medical Specialty
Examples of category: Emergency Procedure, Infusion, Practice Of Medicine, Uranalysis, Urinalysis, Scatology, Therapy, Irrigation, Bloodletting, Actinotherapy, Irradiation, Radiation, Radiation Therapy, Radiotherapy, Imaging, Tomography, Venipuncture, Monster, Teras, Gauze, Gauze Bandage, Medicament, Medication, Medicinal Drug, Balm, Ointment, Salve, Unction, Unguent, Percussor, Plessor, Plexor, Truss, Achromia, Succedaneum, Regime, Regimen, Germ Theory, Indication, Contraindication, Invasion, Carrier, Immune Carrier, Clinician, Donor, Host, Rejection, License Fee, License Tax, Licensing Fee, Chelation, Festering, Maturation, Suppuration, Infection, Insufflation, Potentiation, Zymosis, Reserve, Curvature, Malignance, Malignancy, Symptom, Sign, Immunity, Resistance, Disfunction, Dysfunction, Low-level Radioactive Waste, Snake Oil, Tolerate, Autopsy, Auscultate, Visualise, Visualize, Acute, Chronic, Fulgurating, Specific, Nonspecific, Algid, Invasive, Noninvasive, Corroborant, Local, Localised, Localized, Topical, General, Epidemic, Vicarious, Palpable, Confirming, Positive, Disconfirming, Negative, Psychotic, Iatrogenic, Refractory, Stubborn, Self-limited, Clonic, Neurotropic, Catatonic, Parenteral
Generic synonyms: Medical Science
Specialized synonyms: Allergology, Anesthesiology, Angiology, Bacteriology, Biomedicine, Biomedicine, Cardiology, Dental Medicine, Dentistry, Odontology, Prosthetics, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Forensic Medicine, Forensic Pathology, Gastroenterology, Geriatrics, Gerontology, Gynaecology, Gynecology, Haematology, Hematology, Hygiene, Hygienics, Immunology, General Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Nuclear Medicine, Clinical Neurology, Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Diagnostics, Nosology, Midwifery, Ob, Obstetrics, Tocology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Otology, Materia Medica, Pharmacological Medicine, Pharmacology, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacy, Psychiatry, Psychological Medicine, Psychopathology, Paediatrics, Pediatric Medicine, Pediatrics, Pedology, Chiropody, Podiatry, Proctology, Rheumatology, Otolaryngology, Otorhinolaryngology, Rhinolaryngology, Space Medicine, Sports Medicine, Therapeutics, Thoracic Medicine, Accident Surgery, Traumatology, Tropical Medicine, Urogenital Medicine, Urology, Veterinary Medicine, Virology
Derivative terms: Medical, Medical, Medicate

3. Noun. (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease.
Exact synonyms: Medicament, Medication, Medicinal Drug
Specialized synonyms: Acyclovir, Zovirax, Alendronate, Fosamax, Allopurinol, Zyloprim, Amrinone, Inocor, Analgesic, Anodyne, Pain Pill, Painkiller, Angiogenesis Inhibitor, Antiarrhythmic, Antiarrhythmic Drug, Antiarrhythmic Medication, Antibacterial, Antibacterial Drug, Bactericide, Anticholinergic, Anticholinergic Drug, Anticholinesterase, Anticoagulant, Anticoagulant Medication, Decoagulant, Anticonvulsant, Anticonvulsant Drug, Antiepileptic, Antiepileptic Drug, Antidepressant, Antidepressant Drug, Antidiabetic, Antidiabetic Drug, Antidiarrheal, Antidiarrheal Drug, Antidiuretic, Antidiuretic Drug, Antiemetic, Antiemetic Drug, Antihistamine, Antihypertensive, Antihypertensive Drug, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-inflammatory Drug, Antiprotozoal, Antiprotozoal Drug, Antipyretic, Febrifuge, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antispasmodic Agent, Spasmolytic, Antitussive, Antiviral, Antiviral Agent, Antiviral Drug, Apc, Astringent, Astringent Drug, Styptic, Atomic Cocktail, Azathioprine, Imuran, Blocker, Blocking Agent, Bronchodilator, Calcium Blocker, Calcium-channel Blocker, Carminative, Atromid-s, Clofibrate, Clopidogrel Bisulfate, Plavix, Cold Medicine, Counterirritant, Cytotoxic Drug, Decongestant, Demulcent, Diaphoretic, Antabuse, Disulfiram, Dosage, Dose, Drixoral, Drug Cocktail, Haart, Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy, Expectorant, Expectorator, Fixed-combination Drug, Gemfibrozil, Lopid, Haematinic, Hematinic, Herbal Medicine, Histamine Blocker, Immune Suppressant Drug, Immunosuppressant, Immunosuppressive, Immunosuppressive Drug, Immunosuppressor, Inhalant, Inhalation, Isoproterenol, Isuprel, Isordil, Isosorbide, Lipid-lowering Medication, Lipid-lowering Medicine, Statin, Statin Drug, Mecholyl, Methacholine, Nux Vomica, Over-the-counter Drug, Over-the-counter Medicine, Oxytocic, Oxytocic Drug, Camphorated Tincture Of Opium, Paregoric, Patent Medicine, Cuprimine, Penicillamine, Metrazol, Pentamethylenetetrazol, Pentylenetetrazol, Pharmaceutic, Pharmaceutical, Placebo, Powder, Ethical Drug, Prescription, Prescription Drug, Prescription Medicine, Probenecid, Aperient, Cathartic, Physic, Purgative, Curative, Cure, Remedy, Therapeutic, Rubefacient, Depressant, Downer, Sedative, Sedative Drug, Soothing Syrup, Specific, Carafate, Sucralfate, Sudatory, Sudorific, Suppository, Tincture, Restorative, Tonic, Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor, Vermicide, Anthelminthic, Anthelmintic, Helminthic, Vermifuge
Generic synonyms: Drug
Category relationships: Medical Specialty
Terms within: Physostigmine
Examples of category: Prescription, Nonprescription, Over-the-counter
Derivative terms: Medicate, Medicate, Medicate, Medicinal

4. Noun. 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"

5. Noun. Punishment for one's actions. "Take your medicine"
Exact synonyms: Music
Generic synonyms: Penalisation, Penalization, Penalty, Punishment

Definition of Medicine

1. n. The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease.

2. v. t. To give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure.

3. 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.

Definition of Medicine

1. Noun. A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way. ¹

2. Noun. A treatment or cure. ¹

3. Noun. The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness. ¹

4. Noun. The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice '''medicine'''. ¹

5. Noun. Ritual Native American magic used (notably by a medicine man) to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc. ¹

6. Noun. (obsolete) black magic, superstition. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Medicine

1. to administer medicine (a substance used in the treatment of disease) to [v -CINED, -CINING, -CINES]

Medical Definition of Medicine

1. A scientifically-based discipline dedicated to the prevention and treatment of disease and injury. A compound used to treat disease, injury or pain. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Medicine

medicinable finger
medicinal charcoal
medicinal chemistry
medicinal drug
medicinal eruption
medicinal finger
medicinal leech
medicinal scarlet red
medicinal soft soap
medicinal zinc peroxide
medicine (current term)
medicine ball
medicine cabinet
medicine cabinets
medicine chest
medicine chests
medicine dance
medicine man
medicine men
medicine shield
medicine show
medicine shows

Literary usage of Medicine

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Genuine Works of Hippocrates by Hippocrates (1849)
"SECTION I. ON THE ORIGIN OF GRECIAN medicine, WITH A SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF HIPPOCRATES. IT is well known that the oldest documents which we possess relative ..."

2. General Surgical Pathology and Therapeutics: In Fifty-one Lectures by Theodor Billroth, Charles Elihu Hackley, Alexander von Winiwarter (1883)
"Relation of Surgery to Internal medicine.—Necessity of the Practising Physician being acquainted with both.—Historical Remarks.—Nature of the Study of Sur ..."

3. Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures by Mary Baker Eddy (1894)
"Through Christian Christian Science, religion and medicine are inspired with a diviner nature and essence, fresh pinions are given to faith and ..."

4. Physic and Physicians: a Medical Sketch Book, Exhibiting the Public and by Forbes Winslow (1845)
"CHAPTER I. Divine origin of medicinemedicine in Egypt—Hippocrates ... Were it necessary to write a history of medicine, we should have but little ..."

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