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[vet-er-uh-ner-ee, ve-truh-] /ˈvɛt ər əˌnɛr i, ˈvɛ trə-/
noun, plural veterinaries.
a veterinarian.
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 forms
nonveterinary, adjective, noun, plural nonveterinaries. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for veterinary
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  • It was only I fancy in a veterinary sense that he considered that I was not respectable.

    The Law and the Poor Edward Abbott Parry
  • We had in the veterinary surgeon in a hurry, but all he could say was 'Fire him!'

    The Green Carnation Robert Smythe Hichens
  • The veterinary surgeon from Moreton had come, but his efforts were vain.

    Children of the Mist Eden Phillpotts
  • I took him without a warranty, without even a veterinary opinion.

    The Talking Horse F. Anstey
  • No Belgian race or horse-show can begin till a veterinary is present with this instrument, to be used in case of accident.

British Dictionary definitions for veterinary


/ˈvɛtərɪnərɪ; ˈvɛtrɪnrɪ/
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

veterinary vet·er·i·nar·y (vět'ər-ə-něr'ē, vět'rə-)
Of or relating to veterinary medicine. n.
A veterinarian.

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