[ vet-er-uh-ner-ee, ve-truh- ]
/ ˈvɛt ər əˌnɛr i, ˈvɛ trə- /

noun, plural vet·er·i·nar·ies.

a veterinarian.


of or relating to the medical and surgical treatment of animals, especially domesticated animals.

Nearby words

  1. veterans administration,
  2. veterans day,
  3. veterans of foreign wars,
  4. veterans of foreign wars of the united states,
  5. veterinarian,
  6. veterinary anatomy,
  7. veterinary medicine,
  8. veterinary surgeon,
  9. veterinary technician,
  10. vetiver

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

Related formsnon·vet·er·i·nar·y, adjective, noun, plural non·vet·er·i·nar·ies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for veterinary


/ (ˈvɛtərɪnərɪ, ˈvɛtrɪnrɪ) /


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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Word Origin and History for veterinary



1791, from Latin veterinarius, from veterinus (see veterinarian).

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Medicine definitions for veterinary


[ vĕtər-ə-nĕr′ē, vĕtrə- ]


Of or relating to veterinary medicine.


A veterinarian.

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