medicate

[ med-i-keyt ]
/ ˈmɛd ɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), med·i·cat·ed, med·i·cat·ing.

to treat with medicine or medicaments.
to impregnate with a medicine: medicated cough drops; a medicated bandage.

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Origin of medicate

1615–25; < Latin medicātus medicated (past participle of medicāre), healed (past participle of medicārī). See medical, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM medicate

de·med·i·cate, verb (used with object), de·med·i·cat·ed, de·med·i·cat·ing.o·ver·med·i·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·med·i·cat·ed, o·ver·med·i·cat·ing.pre·med·i·cate, verb (used with object), pre·med·i·cat·ed, pre·med·i·cat·ing.un·med·i·cat·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for medicate

medicate
/ (ˈmɛdɪˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

to cover or impregnate (a wound, etc) with an ointment, cream, etc
to treat (a patient) with a medicine
to add a medication to (a bandage, shampoo, etc)

Derived forms of medicate

medicative, adjective

Word Origin for medicate

C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
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Medical definitions for medicate

medicate
[ mĕdĭ-kāt′ ]

v.

To treat by medicine.
To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.
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