[ med-i-kuhl ]
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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.

  1. pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.

  2. 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

Other words from medical

  • med·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • an·ti·med·i·cal, adjective
  • an·ti·med·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • non·med·i·cal, adjective
  • non·med·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • pseu·do·med·i·cal, adjective
  • pseu·do·med·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • qua·si-med·i·cal, adjective
  • qua·si-med·i·cal·ly, adverb
  • un·med·i·cal, adjective
  • un·med·i·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use medical in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for medical


/ (ˈmɛdɪkəl) /

  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

Origin of medical

C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal

Derived forms of medical

  • medically, adverb

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