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[vet-er-uh-ner-ee, ve-truh-]
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noun, plural vet·er·i·nar·ies.
  1. a veterinarian.
  1. of or relating to the medical and surgical treatment of animals, especially domesticated animals.

Origin of veterinary

1780–90; < Latin veterīnārius, equivalent to veterīn(ae) beasts of burden (noun use of feminine plural of veterīnus pertaining to such beasts, equivalent to veter-, stem of vetus old, i.e., grown, able to take a load + -īnus -ine1) + -ārius -ary
Related formsnon·vet·er·i·nar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·vet·er·i·nar·ies.
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British Dictionary definitions for veterinary


  1. of or relating to veterinary medicine

Word Origin

C18: from Latin veterīnārius concerning draught animals, from veterīnae draught animals; related to vetus mature (hence able to bear a burden)
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Word Origin and History for veterinary


1791, from Latin veterinarius, from veterinus (see veterinarian).

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veterinary in Medicine


(vĕtər-ə-nĕr′ē, vĕtrə-)
  1. Of or relating to veterinary medicine.
  1. A veterinarian.
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