• (British) enPR ˈmed-sǐn, IPA: /ˈmed(ɪ).sɪn/, /ˈmed(ɪ).sn̩/
  • (America) enPR: ˈmed-ĭ-sĭn, IPA: /ˈmɛ.dɪ.sɪn/
    • (Weak-vowel merger) IPA: /ˈmɛ.də.sən/


  1. A substance which specifically promotes healing when ingested or consumed in some way.
  2. A treatment or cure.
    • 1625, Francis Bacon, "Of Innovation"
      Surely every medicine is an innovation; and he that will not apply new remedies, must expect new evils […]
  3. The study of the cause, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of disease or illness.
  4. The profession of physicians, surgeons and related specialisms; those who practice medicine.
  5. Ritual Native American magic used by a medicine man to promote a desired outcome in healing, hunting, warfare etc.
  6. Among the Native Americans, any object supposed to give control over natural or magical forces, to act as a protective charm, or to cause healing.
  7. (obsolete) Black magic, superstition.
  8. (obsolete) A philter or love potion.
  9. (obsolete) A physician.
  10. (slang) Recreational drugs, especially alcoholic drinks.
Synonyms Related terms

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  • Portuguese: medicina
  • Russian: медици́на

medicine (medicines, present participle medicining; past and past participle medicined)

  1. (rare, obsolete) To treat with medicine.

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