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verb (used with object), med·i·cat·ed, med·i·cat·ing.
  1. to treat with medicine or medicaments.
  2. 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
Related formsde·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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desensitize, sedate, anesthetize, benumb, hit, numb, relax, dope, poison, dose, treat, narcotize, stupefy, deaden, blunt, fix, opiate, physic

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British Dictionary definitions for medicated


  1. (of a patient) having been treated with a medicine or drug
  2. (of a bandage, shampoo, etc) containing medication
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verb (tr)
  1. to cover or impregnate (a wound, etc) with an ointment, cream, etc
  2. to treat (a patient) with a medicine
  3. to add a medication to (a bandage, shampoo, etc)
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Derived Formsmedicative, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
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Word Origin and History for medicated



"to treat medicinally," 1620s, a back-formation from medication, or else from Late Latin medicatus, past participle of medicare. Related: Medicated; medicating. The earlier verb in English was simply medicin (late 14c.).

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medicated in Medicine


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