verb (used with object), med·i·cat·ed, med·i·cat·ing.
  1. to treat with medicine or medicaments.
  2. to impregnate with a medicine: medicated cough drops; a medicated bandage.

Origin of medicate

1615–25; < Latin medicātus medicated (past participle of medicāre), healed (past participle of medicārī). See medical, -ate1
Related formsde·med·i·cate, verb (used with object), de·med·i·cat·ed, de·med·i·cat·ing.o·ver·med·i·cate, verb (used with object), o·ver·med·i·cat·ed, o·ver·med·i·cat·ing.pre·med·i·cate, verb (used with object), pre·med·i·cat·ed, pre·med·i·cat·ing.un·med·i·cat·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for premedicated


verb (tr)
  1. to cover or impregnate (a wound, etc) with an ointment, cream, etc
  2. to treat (a patient) with a medicine
  3. to add a medication to (a bandage, shampoo, etc)
Derived Formsmedicative, adjective

Word Origin for medicate

C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
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Word Origin and History for premedicated



"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

premedicated in Medicine


  1. To treat by medicine.
  2. To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.
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