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  1. of, relating to, or having the properties of a medicine; curative; remedial: medicinal properties; medicinal substances.
  2. unpalatable; disagreeable: a medicinal taste.
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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
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Examples from the Web for medicinally

Historical Examples

  • The beans are used ornamentally and medicinally: Abrus precatorius.

    A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan

    John U. Wolff

  • Medicinally they are too inconsiderable, in this proportion, to produce any effect.

    The Great American Fraud

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • The Indians use it medicinally and in the curing of animal skins.

  • Medicinally it is employed as a corrective, in dysentery and in coughs.

  • If taken secretly or medicinally, the Court did not take cognizance of it.

    The Beginners of a Nation

    Edward Eggleston.

British Dictionary definitions for medicinally


  1. relating to or having therapeutic properties
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  1. a medicinal substance
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Derived Formsmedicinally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for medicinally



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

medicinally in Medicine


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