of or pertaining to the science or practice of medicine: medical history; medical treatment.
curative; medicinal; therapeutic: medical properties.
pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one's health: a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.
something done or received in regard to the state of one's health, as a medical examination.

1640–50; < Medieval Latin medicālis, equivalent to Latin medic(us) medical (adj.), physician (noun) (derivative of medērī to heal; see -ic) + -ālis -al1

medically, adverb
antimedical, adjective
antimedically, adverb
nonmedical, adjective
nonmedically, adverb
pseudomedical, adjective
pseudomedically, adverb
quasi-medical, adjective
quasi-medically, adverb
unmedical, adjective
unmedically, adverb Unabridged

medical dictionary

a specialized dictionary covering terms used in the health professions by doctors, nurses, and others involved in allied health care services. A dictionary with authoritative spellings and definitions is a particularly crucial resource in medicine, where a misspelling or misunderstanding can have unfortunate consequences for people under care. Print dictionaries in this field may be sorted alphabetically or may be categorized according to medical specializations or by the various systems in the body, as the immune system and the respiratory system. The online Medical Dictionary on allows alphabetical browsing in the combined electronic versions of more than one authoritative medical reference, insuring access to correct spellings, as well as immediate, direct access to a known search term typed into the search box on the site: A medical dictionary reveals that large numbers of medical terms are formed from the same Latin and Greek parts combined and recombined. Unabridged
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medical (ˈmɛdɪkəl)
1.  of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
2.  a less common word for medicinal
3.  informal a medical examination
[C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal]

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Word Origin & History

1646, from Fr. médical, from L.L. medicalis "of a physician," from L. medicus "physician" (n.); "healing" (adj.), from mederi "to heal," originally "know the best course for," from PIE base *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise" (cf. Gk. medos "counsel, plan, device, cunning," Avestan vi-mad
"physician"); see meditation.
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Medical Dictionary

medical med·i·cal (měd'ĭ-kəl)

  1. Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.

  2. Requiring treatment by medicine.

A thorough physical examination.
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Example sentences
The term integrative medicine refers to the conjunction of these practices with mainstream medical care.
Federal authorities appear to have done everything possible to undermine state
  and local regulation of medical marijuana.
His family deserves to be recognized in his honor because of his medical
It was dismissed in the nineteenth century as having no medical benefit.
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