Origin of medicate
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- 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
C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To treat by medicine.
- To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.
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