medicine

medicine [med′ə sən; ] Brit [ med′sən, med′sin]
n.
[OFr < L medicina < medicus: see MEDICAL]
1. the science and art of diagnosing, treating, curing, and preventing disease, relieving pain, and improving and preserving health
2. the branch of this science and art that makes use of drugs, diet, etc., as distinguished esp. from surgery and obstetrics
3.
a) any drug or other substance used in treating disease, healing, or relieving pain
b) Obs. a drug or other substance, as a poison, love potion, etc., used for other purposes
4. among North American Indian peoples
5.
a) any object, spell, rite, etc. supposed to have natural or supernatural powers as a remedy, preventive, protection, etc.
b) magical power
vt.
medicined, medicining
to give medicine to; treat medicinally
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☆ take one's medicine
to endure just punishment or accept the results of one's action

English World dictionary. . 2014.

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