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Definition of "medicine" []

  • The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind. (noun)
  • The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means. (noun)
  • The practice of medicine. (noun)
  • An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury. (noun)
  • Something that serves as a remedy or corrective: medicine for rebuilding the economy; measures that were harsh medicine. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "medicine" in a sentence
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  • "The correlation between pay and performance in medicine is currently low."
  • "The heart of the “market failure” in medicine is the body of mandates by local, county, state, and federal governments."