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[med-i-kuh l]
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  1. of or relating to the science or practice of medicine: medical history; medical treatment.
  2. curative; medicinal; therapeutic: medical properties.
  3. pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
  4. pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one's health: a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.
  1. something done or received in regard to the state of one's health, as a medical examination.

Origin of medical

1640–50; < Medieval Latin medicālis, equivalent to Latin medic(us) medical (adj.), physician (noun) (derivative of medērī to heal; see -ic) + -ālis -al1
Related formsmed·i·cal·ly, adverban·ti·med·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·med·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·med·i·cal, adjectivenon·med·i·cal·ly, adverbpseu·do·med·i·cal, adjectivepseu·do·med·i·cal·ly, adverbqua·si-med·i·cal, adjectivequa·si-med·i·cal·ly, adverbun·med·i·cal, adjectiveun·med·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
  2. a less common word for medicinal
  1. informal a medical examination
Derived Formsmedically, adverb

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal
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Word Origin and History for non-medical



1640s, from French médical, from Late Latin medicalis "of a physician," from Latin medicus "physician, surgeon, medical man" (n.); "healing, madicinal" (adj.), from mederi "to heal, give medical attention to, cure," originally "know the best course for," from an early specialization of the PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cf. Greek medomai "be mindful of," medein "to rule;" Avestan vi-mad- "physician;" Latin meditari "think or reflect on, consider;" Irish miduir "judge;" Old English metan "to measure out"); also see meditation. The earlier adjective in English in this sense was medicinal. Related: Medically.



1917, short for medical examination.

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non-medical in Medicine


  1. Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.
  2. Requiring treatment by medicine.
  1. A thorough physical examination.
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