Origin of medicate
Examples from the Web for overmedicate
Contemporary Examples of overmedicate
The defense has hinted that pressure may have caused Jackson to panic and overmedicate himself.The Fight Over Jackson's Health
October 12, 2011
- to cover or impregnate (a wound, etc) with an ointment, cream, etc
- to treat (a patient) with a medicine
- to add a medication to (a bandage, shampoo, etc)
Word Origin for medicate
"to treat medicinally," 1620s, a back-formation from medication, or else from Late Latin medicatus, past participle of medicare. Related: Medicated; medicating. The earlier verb in English was simply medicin (late 14c.).
- To medicate a patient excessively.
- To treat by medicine.
- To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.