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

Origin of medicinal

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Latin word medicīnālis. See medicine, -al1
Related formsme·dic·i·nal·ly, adverbnon·me·dic·i·nal, adjectivenon·me·dic·i·nal·ly, adverbsem·i·me·dic·i·nal, adjectiveun·me·dic·i·nal, adjectiveun·me·dic·i·nal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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.

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medicinal in Medicine




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