[ muh-dis-uh-nl ]
/ məˈdɪs ə nl /


of, relating to, or having the properties of a medicine; curative; remedial: medicinal properties; medicinal substances.
unpalatable; disagreeable: a medicinal taste.

Nearby words

  1. medici, catherine de',
  2. medici, giulio de',
  3. medici, lorenzo de,
  4. medicide,
  5. medicinable,
  6. medicinal leech,
  7. medicine,
  8. medicine ball,
  9. medicine bow range,
  10. medicine bow river

Origin of medicinal

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word medicīnālis. See medicine, -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for medicinal


/ (mɛˈdɪsɪnəl) /


relating to or having therapeutic properties


a medicinal substance
Derived Formsmedicinally, adverb

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Word Origin and History for medicinal



late 14c., from Old French medicinal and directly from Latin medicinalis "pertaining to medicine," from medicina (see medicine). Related: Medicinally.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for medicinal


[ mĭ-dĭsə-nəl ]


Of, relating to, or having the properties of medicine.

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