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veterinary

[ vet-er-uh-ner-ee, ve-truh- ]
/ ˈvɛt ər əˌnɛr i, ˈvɛ trə- /
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noun, plural vet·er·i·nar·ies.
a veterinarian.
adjective
of or relating to the medical and surgical treatment of animals, especially domesticated animals.
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Origin of veterinary

1780–90; <Latin veterīnārius, equivalent to veterīn(ae) beasts of burden (noun use of feminine plural of veterīnus pertaining to such beasts, equivalent to veter-, stem of vetus old, i.e., grown, able to take a load + -īnus-ine1) + -ārius-ary

OTHER WORDS FROM veterinary

non·vet·er·i·nar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·vet·er·i·nar·ies.
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British Dictionary definitions for veterinary

veterinary
/ (ˈvɛtərɪnərɪ, ˈvɛtrɪnrɪ) /

adjective
of or relating to veterinary medicine

Word Origin for veterinary

C18: from Latin veterīnārius concerning draught animals, from veterīnae draught animals; related to vetus mature (hence able to bear a burden)
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Medical definitions for veterinary

veterinary
[ vĕtər-ə-nĕr′ē, vĕtrə- ]

adj.
Of or relating to veterinary medicine.
n.
A veterinarian.
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