verb (used with object), med·i·cined, med·i·cin·ing.
- medici, lorenzo de,
- medicinal leech,
- medicine ball,
- medicine bow range,
- medicine bow river,
- medicine bundle,
- medicine chest
Origin of medicine
Examples from the Web for medicine
The trials produced positive results, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in November.
The religion shaped all facets of life: art, medicine, literature, and even dynastic politics.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma|Brendon Hong|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Certain trades, such as medicine or law, are eternally well-respected.
In this understanding, art is like a medicine or a toxin, transforming its audience for good or ill.
Though her work discords with the conventions of American medicine, she sees herself on the side of an older tradition.The Nurse Coaching People Through Death by Starvation|Nick Tabor|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It is curious to find that in 1821 the function of the hospital as a school for students of medicine was something of a novelty.Springtime and Other Essays|Francis Darwin
Lucy was at a table, measuring some medicine into a tea-cup.Mildred Arkell, (Vol 3 of 3)|Ellen Wood
If he can do so he will have in his hands the best therapeutic measure that has been employed in all the history of medicine.Psychotherapy|James J. Walsh
An additional piece of scarlet cloth is thrown over the remains of a chief or medicine man.Dealings with the Dead, Volume I (of 2)|A Sexton of the Old School
He is credited with a great sanitary feat in the draining of a marsh, and his knowledge of medicine was held to be supernatural.A History of Science, Volume 1(of 5)|Henry Smith Williams
Word Origin for medicine
c.1200, "medical treatment, cure, remedy," also used figuratively, of spiritual remedies, from Old French medecine (Modern French médicine) "medicine, art of healing, cure, treatment, potion," from Latin medicina "the healing art, medicine; a remedy," also used figuratively, perhaps originally ars medicina "the medical art," from fem. of medicinus (adj.) "of a doctor," from medicus "a physician" (see medical); though OED finds evidence for this is wanting. Meaning "a medicinal potion or plaster" in English is mid-14c.
To take (one's) medicine "submit to something disagreeable" is first recorded 1865. North American Indian medicine-man "shaman" is first attested 1801, from American Indian adoption of the word medicine in sense of "magical influence." The U.S.-Canadian boundary they called Medicine Line (first attested 1910), because it conferred a kind of magic protection: punishment for crimes committed on one side of it could be avoided by crossing over to the other. Medicine show "traveling show meant to attract a crowd so patent medicine can be sold to them" is American English, 1938. Medicine ball "stuffed leather ball used for exercise" is from 1889.
It is called a "medicine ball" and it got that title from Prof. Roberts, now of Springfield, whose fame is widespread, and whose bright and peculiar dictionary of terms for his prescription department in physical culture is taught in every first-class conducted Y.M.C.A. gymnasium in America. Prof. Roberts calls it a "medicine ball" because playful exercise with it invigorates the body, promotes digestion, and restores and preserves one's health. ["Scientific American Supplement," March 16, 1889]
see dose of one's own medicine; take one's medicine.