[ med-i-kuh l ]
/ ˈmɛd ɪ kəl /


of or relating to the science or practice of medicine: medical history; medical treatment.
curative; medicinal; therapeutic: medical properties.
pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one's health: a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.


something done or received in regard to the state of one's health, as a medical examination.

Nearby words

  1. mediatrix,
  2. medibank,
  3. medic,
  4. medicable,
  5. medicaid,
  6. medical audit,
  7. medical certificate,
  8. medical diathermy,
  9. medical dictionary,
  10. medical examination

Origin of medical

1640–50; < Medieval Latin medicālis, equivalent to Latin medic(us) medical (adj.), physician (noun) (derivative of medērī to heal; see -ic) + -ālis -al1

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Examples from the Web for nonmedical

British Dictionary definitions for nonmedical


/ (nɒnˈmɛdɪkəl) /


not of, relating to, or using medical theory or practice


/ (ˈmɛdɪkəl) /


of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
a less common word for medicinal


informal a medical examination
Derived Formsmedically, adverb

Word Origin for medical

C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal

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Word Origin and History for nonmedical
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Medicine definitions for nonmedical


[ mĕdĭ-kəl ]


Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.
Requiring treatment by medicine.


A thorough physical examination.

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