verb (used with object), med·i·cined, med·i·cin·ing.
Origin of medicine
Synonyms for medicine
Related Words for medicinepharmaceutical, medication, antibiotic, drug, remedy, cure, prescription, pill, anesthetic, tincture, antidote, balm, salve, dose, tablet, vaccination, physic, tonic, potion, antiseptic
Examples from the Web for medicine
Contemporary Examples of medicine
The trials produced positive results, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in November.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
The religion shaped all facets of life: art, medicine, literature, and even dynastic politics.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
Certain trades, such as medicine or law, are eternally well-respected.Renaissance Man Jared Leto Defies Categorization
The Daily Beast
December 8, 2014
In this understanding, art is like a medicine or a toxin, transforming its audience for good or ill.The Insane Swedish Plan to Rate Games for Sexism
November 20, 2014
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
November 17, 2014
Historical Examples of medicine
Beatrice, what have you done with my new bottle of medicine?Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Then she exchanged it for one of the same size on the medicine tray.
There was a mistake about the medicine, and she was blamed; that's all.
"It was the dark-eyed one that changed the medicine on me," he said.
But let us reason together, brother; don't you believe at all in medicine?The Imaginary Invalid
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.