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medical

[ med-i-kuhl ]
/ ˈmɛd ɪ kəl /
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adjective
of or relating to the science or practice of medicine: medical history; medical treatment.
curative; medicinal; therapeutic: medical properties.
pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one's health: a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.
noun
something done or received in regard to the state of one's health, as a medical examination.
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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

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British Dictionary definitions for medical

medical
/ (ˈmɛdɪkəl) /

adjective
of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
a less common word for medicinal
noun
informal a medical examination

Derived forms of medical

medically, adverb

Word Origin for medical

C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal
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Medical definitions for medical

medical
[ mĕdĭ-kəl ]

adj.
Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.
Requiring treatment by medicine.
n.
A thorough physical examination.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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