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noun, plural med·i·cos. Informal.
  1. a physician or surgeon; doctor.
  2. a medical student.
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Origin of medico

1680–90; < Spanish médico, Italian medico < Latin medicus physician; see medical


  1. a combining form representing medical in compound words: medicolegal.
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Origin of medico-

combining form representing Latin medicus of, pertaining to healing; see medical
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Related Words

physician, expert, specialist, professor, scientist, surgeon, quack, medic, intern, healer, MD, medico, doc, bones

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Historical Examples

  • Medico (pathetically, with a view to touching the Dealer's heart).

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, March 18, 1893


  • Not being a "medico" I can not vouch for this, but you can take it for what it is worth.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • If you're quite comfortable, I'll step down to the village and fetch the medico.

    The Devil's Paw

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • "You don't have to, Bassett, but it will be for your comfort," replied Medico.

  • Like that of the medico, it was out of all proportion; but I could not help myself, and paid it.

British Dictionary definitions for medico


noun plural -cos
  1. a doctor or medical student
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Word Origin

C17: via Italian from Latin medicus


combining form
  1. medicalmedicolegal
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Word Origin and History for medico


"medical practitioner," 1680s, from Spanish médico or Italian medico, from Latin medicus (see medical (adj.)).

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used as a comb. form of Latin medicus (see medical (adj.)).

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medico in Medicine


  1. A physician.
  2. A medical student.
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  1. Medical science:medicolegal.
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