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medicine

MED'ICINE, n. [L. medicina, from medeor, to cure; vulgarly and improperly pronounced med'sn.]

1. Any substance, liquid or solid, that has the property of curing or mitigating disease in animals, or that is used for that purpose. Simples, plants and minerals furnish most of our medicines. Even poisons used with judgment and in moderation, are safe and efficacious medicines. Medicines are internal or external, simple or compound.

2. The art of preventing, curing or alleviating the diseases of the human body. Hence we say, the study of medicine, or a student of medicine.

3. In the French sense, a physician. [Not in use.]

MED'ICINE, v.t. To affect or operate on as medicine. [Not used.]




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MED'ICINE, n. [L. medicina, from medeor, to cure; vulgarly and improperly pronounced med'sn.]

1. Any substance, liquid or solid, that has the property of curing or mitigating disease in animals, or that is used for that purpose. Simples, plants and minerals furnish most of our medicines. Even poisons used with judgment and in moderation, are safe and efficacious medicines. Medicines are internal or external, simple or compound.

2. The art of preventing, curing or alleviating the diseases of the human body. Hence we say, the study of medicine, or a student of medicine.

3. In the French sense, a physician. [Not in use.]

MED'ICINE, v.t. To affect or operate on as medicine. [Not used.]


MED'I-CINE, n. [L. medicina, from medeor, to cure; vulgarly and improperly pronounced med'sn.]

  1. Any substance, liquid or solid, that has the property of curing or mitigating disease in animals, or that is used for that purpose. Simples, plants and minerals furnish most of our medicines. Even poisons used with judgment and in moderation, are safe and efficacious medicines. Medicines are internal or external, simple or compound.
  2. The art of preventing, curing, or alleviating the diseases of the human body. Hence we say, the study of medicine or a student of medicine.
  3. In the French sense, a physician. [Not in use.] Shak.

MED'I-CINE, v.t.

To affect or operate on as medicine. [Not used.] Shak.


Med"i*cine
  1. The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease.
  2. To give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure.

    "Medicine thee to that sweet sleep." Shak.
  3. 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.

    The North American Indian boy usually took as his medicine the first animal of which he dreamed during the long and solitary fast that he observed at puberty. F. H. Giddings.

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  4. Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a remedy; physic.

    By medicine, life may be prolonged. Shak.

  5. Short for Medicine man.
  6. A philter or love potion.

    [Obs.] Shak.
  7. Intoxicating liquor; drink.

    [Slang]
  8. A physician.

    [Obs.] Shak.

    Medicine bag, a charm; -- so called among the North American Indians, or in works relating to them. -- Medicine man (among the North American Indians), a person who professes to cure sickness, drive away evil spirits, and regulate the weather by the arts of magic. -- Medicine seal, a small gem or paste engraved with reversed characters, to serve as a seal. Such seals were used by Roman physicians to stamp the names of their medicines.

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Medicine

MED'ICINE, noun [Latin medicina, from medeor, to cure; vulgarly and improperly pronounced med'sn.]

1. Any substance, liquid or solid, that has the property of curing or mitigating disease in animals, or that is used for that purpose. Simples, plants and minerals furnish most of our medicines. Even poisons used with judgment and in moderation, are safe and efficacious medicines. Medicines are internal or external, simple or compound.

2. The art of preventing, curing or alleviating the diseases of the human body. Hence we say, the study of medicine or a student of medicine

3. In the French sense, a physician. [Not in use.]

MED'ICINE, verb transitive To affect or operate on as medicine [Not used.]

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