Meaning of medicine in English:

medicine

Pronunciation /ˈmɛds(ə)n/ /ˈmɛdɪsɪn/

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noun

mass noun
  • 1The science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery)

    ‘he made distinguished contributions to pathology and medicine’
    • ‘the remarkable achievements of modern medicine’
    • ‘He said they planned to take on extra clinicians in respiratory medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology.’
    • ‘The practice of medicine must comply with modern ethical standards.’
    • ‘A few of them were practitioners of herbal medicine but most were ordinary, conventional citizens.’
    • ‘The challenge is to develop models of care integrating nephrology and geriatric medicine.’
    • ‘Possible adverse events were detected by two nurses in medicine and surgery and two midwives in obstetrics.’
    • ‘As in all things in medicine, medical diagnosis requires prudence, and more than a modicum of common sense.’
    • ‘It is also useful for students and teachers of medicine and the biomedical sciences.’
    • ‘After a varied career he decided to study medicine and entered general practice.’
    • ‘The holistic therapies might lead medicine back towards the holism of the ancient systems.’
    • ‘These principles subsequently formed the basis of good medical practice in Western medicine.’
    • ‘I had recently been appointed as senior registrar in respiratory medicine and was keen to impress.’
    • ‘A sound knowledge of medical ethics is essential to the good practice of medicine.’
    • ‘Compared to the natural sciences and medicine, psychology is a relatively new field.’
    • ‘It may very well be that gene therapy is medicine's future; indeed our own future.’
    • ‘Until then, I had considered medicine as merely a science used to heal human bodies.’
    • ‘That is sad because it negatively changes how medicine is practiced in this country.’
    • ‘The interdependence is particularly evident in science and medicine.’
    • ‘Concern increased about the gap between academic medicine and practice.’
    • ‘This has enabled me to learn at first hand about the practice of medicine.’
    • ‘There are many areas in which expectations differ over the practice of medicine.’
    medical science, practice of medicine, healing, therapeutics, therapy, treatment, healing art
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  • 2A drug or other preparation for the treatment or prevention of disease.

    ‘give her some medicine’
    • ‘your doctor will be able to prescribe medicines’
    • ‘Treatments include preventative medicines and those for use in acute attacks.’
    • ‘If you remain well while on the medicines, the treatment should be continued.’
    • ‘In less urgent cases, treatment by medicines and vitamins may be a better option.’
    • ‘Special restrictions exist on the prescription of medicines for drug addicts.’
    • ‘Inappropriate use of many medicines has led to ineffective treatment and drug resistance.’
    • ‘All the review really shows is the lack of good quality research on over the counter cough medicines.’
    • ‘He or she may prescribe medicines, depending on the type of symptoms and their severity.’
    • ‘The use of many complementary and alternative medicines remains controversial.’
    • ‘Lock up all drugs and medicines securely in a bathroom cabinet where they can't be reached.’
    • ‘If there are no improvements after several weeks, other medicines can be tried.’
    • ‘Store medicines, vitamins and other potential poisons out of the reach of children.’
    • ‘They will ask you questions about your current and past health and any medicines you are taking.’
    • ‘The most effective medicines aim to restore the balance of serotonin in the brain.’
    • ‘There are some medicines that can be useful to keep at home in case of minor accidents.’
    • ‘She said several of the people were on medication and had not been able to take their medicines.’
    • ‘Drug companies are also striving to develop new medicines to treat unmet needs.’
    • ‘They understand the use of medicines because they are dealing with them all the time.’
    • ‘She recommends taking the medicine with food at the first sign of cramping or nausea.’
    • ‘Early uses were medical, but it gradually came to be accepted as a food rather than a medicine.’
    • ‘She gave me her food and used the medicine to make me feel better.’
    medication, medicament, remedy, cure, nostrum, patent medicine, quack remedy, panacea, cure-all, placebo, drug, prescription, dose, treatment
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  • 3(especially among some North American Indian peoples) a spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power.

    ‘Fleur was murdering him by use of bad medicine’
    • ‘They could be bribed to give you some bad medicine if someone wanted to be rid of you.’
    • ‘Every culture had its Shamans, who in turn took on the magic mantle of medicine.’

Phrases

    take one's medicine
    • Submit to punishment as being deserved.

      ‘cattle thieves would confess their guilt and proudly take their medicine’
      • ‘You made a call, acknowledged it was probably wrong and took your medicine with grace.’
      • ‘So I took my medicine and I'm on probation now for three years.’
      • ‘He had an affair with a blonde teenager but took his medicine and kept his marriage together.’
      • ‘Yet loyal to the last, Scotland's fans are prepared to take their medicine.’
      • ‘As long as we have a hearing and are treated fairly, we will take our medicine.’
      • ‘If he didn't then he should come clean and take his medicine as he so sanctimoniously advises all his politician friends to do.’
      • ‘But he should write a fulsome letter of apology to the tour officials concerned, and just take his medicine.’
      • ‘Considering the gravity of the previous night's debacle, we thought it a good idea to return to the scene of the crime, just to see how they took their medicine.’
      • ‘Gareth took his medicine and responded with a tremendous performance - the way you would expect a professional to do.’
      • ‘And he took his medicine, and learned from his mistakes, and didn't take his wounded ego to the media.’
    give someone a dose (or taste) of their own medicine
    • Give someone the same bad treatment that they have given to others.

      ‘tired of his humiliation of me, I decided to give him a taste of his own medicine’
      • ‘I suggest we out this person and give them a taste of their own medicine.’
      • ‘Let's give them a taste of their own medicine then perhaps they may have a less arrogant attitude towards Britain.’
      • ‘Weathering the storm, Windermere then picked up the pace and gave Workington a taste of their own medicine.’
      • ‘After all that's happened to you, don't you want to give them a taste of their own medicine?’
      • ‘She liked to give them a taste of their own medicine.’
      • ‘That's something you say when someone has done something to you, and you give them a taste of their own medicine.’
      • ‘He would dearly love to get those two particular individuals in a dark alley and give them a taste of their own medicine.’
      • ‘I was just trying to give them a taste of their own medicine.’
      • ‘But if Livingston had been caught on the hop, they gave Airdrie a taste of their own medicine a whole 60 seconds later.’
      • ‘Sometimes I wondered how our arrangement worked: they were allowed to tease me to no end but the moment I opened my mouth to give them a taste of their own medicine they'd pretend to be hurt.’

Origin

Middle English via Old French from Latin medicina, from medicus ‘physician’.