[ 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.

Origin of medicate

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

Related forms

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for medicated

British Dictionary definitions for medicated (1 of 2)



(of a patient) having been treated with a medicine or drug
(of a bandage, shampoo, etc) containing medication

British Dictionary definitions for medicated (2 of 2)


/ (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

medicative, adjective

Word Origin for medicate

C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
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Medicine definitions for medicated


[ mĕdĭ-kāt′ ]


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