medicament

[ muh-dik-uh-muh nt, med-i-kuh- ]
/ məˈdɪk ə mənt, ˈmɛd ɪ kə- /

noun

a healing substance; medicine; remedy.

Origin of medicament

1535–45; < Latin medicāmentum remedy, physic, equivalent to medicā(rī) to cure + -mentum -ment. See medicate
Also called med·i·cant [med-i-kuh nt] /ˈmɛd ɪ kənt/.
Related formsmed·i·ca·men·tal [med-i-kuh-men-tl] /ˌmɛd ɪ kəˈmɛn tl/, med·i·ca·men·tous, adjective
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Examples from the Web for medicant

  • They stand towards us in the relation, not of medicant strangers, but of co-heirs and members of our family.

    Freeland|Theodor Hertzka
  • These soaps are prepared by adding the medicant to curd soap, and then making in a tablet form for use.

    The Art of Perfumery|G. W. Septimus Piesse

British Dictionary definitions for medicant

medicament

/ (mɪˈdɪkəmənt, ˈmɛdɪ-) /

noun

a medicine or remedy in a specified formulation
Derived Formsmedicamental (ˌmɛdɪkəˈmɛntəl) or medicamentary, adjective

Word Origin for medicament

C16: via French from Latin medicāmentum, from medicāre to cure
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Word Origin and History for medicant

medicament


n.

mid-15c., "medical skill; a medicinal compound," from Middle French médicament (15c.), from Latin medicamentum "drug, remedy," literally "means of healing," from medicare "to heal, cure" (see medication).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for medicant

medicament

[ mĭ-dĭkə-mənt, mĕdĭ-kə- ]

n.

An agent that promotes recovery from injury or ailment; a medicine.
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