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[med-i-key-shuh n]
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  1. the use or application of medicine.
  2. a medicinal substance; medicament.
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Origin of medication

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin medicātiōn- (stem of medicātiō). See medicate, -ion
Related formsan·ti·med·i·ca·tion, adjectivehy·per·med·i·ca·tion, nouno·ver·med·i·ca·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for medication


  1. treatment with drugs or remedies
  2. a drug or remedy
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Word Origin and History for medication


early 15c., "medical treatment of a disease or wound," from Middle French médication and directly from Latin medicationem (nominative medicatio) "healing, cure," from past participle stem of medicare, medicari "to medicate, heal, cure" (poetic and Late Latin) from medicus "physician, healing" (see medical (adj.)).

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medication in Medicine


  1. A medicine; a medicament.
  2. The act or process of treating with medicine.
  3. Administration of medicine.
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