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[muh-dis-uh-nl] /məˈdɪs ə nl/
of, relating to, or having the properties of a medicine; curative; remedial:
medicinal properties; medicinal substances.
unpalatable; disagreeable:
a medicinal taste.
Origin of medicinal
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word medicīnālis. See medicine, -al1
Related forms
medicinally, adverb
nonmedicinal, adjective
nonmedicinally, adverb
semimedicinal, adjective
unmedicinal, adjective
unmedicinally, adverb Unabridged
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  • Not more than three or four grains at once can be properly taken for medicinal or experimental purposes.

  • It has its medicinal springs, which are beneficial in a variety of diseases.

    Down the Rhine Oliver Optic
  • This is a hardy perennial plant of Southern Europe, and belongs to both the culinary and the medicinal departments.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • In this case the medicinal virtue seems to come with the change of the moon.

    Moon Lore Timothy Harley
  • A decoction is also prepared from medicinal roots, and sprinkled by means of the tail of an ox over the bodies of the warriors.

British Dictionary definitions for medicinal


relating to or having therapeutic properties
a medicinal substance
Derived Forms
medicinally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for medicinal

late 14c., from Old French medicinal and directly from Latin medicinalis "pertaining to medicine," from medicina (see medicine). Related: Medicinally.

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medicinal in Medicine

medicinal me·dic·i·nal (mĭ-dĭs'ə-nəl)
Of, relating to, or having the properties of medicine.

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