- 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.
Origin of medical
Examples from the Web for nonmedical
Contemporary Examples of nonmedical
Students with a history of drug and alcohol use are also more likely to take stimulants for nonmedical reasons.7 Things You Need to Know About Adderall
December 2, 2013
Historical Examples of nonmedical
We needed a nonmedical outsider to take a look, to tell us what we were missing.The Dark Door
Alan Edward Nourse
- not of, relating to, or using medical theory or practice
- 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
Word Origin for medical
1640s, from French médical, from Late Latin medicalis "of a physician," from Latin medicus "physician, surgeon, medical man" (n.); "healing, madicinal" (adj.), from mederi "to heal, give medical attention to, cure," originally "know the best course for," from an early specialization of the PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cf. Greek medomai "be mindful of," medein "to rule;" Avestan vi-mad- "physician;" Latin meditari "think or reflect on, consider;" Irish miduir "judge;" Old English metan "to measure out"); also see meditation. The earlier adjective in English in this sense was medicinal. Related: Medically.
1917, short for medical examination.
- Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.
- Requiring treatment by medicine.
- A thorough physical examination.