give a dose his own medicine


[med-uh-sin or, esp. British, med-suhn]
any substance or substances used in treating disease or illness; medicament; remedy.
the art or science of restoring or preserving health or due physical condition, as by means of drugs, surgical operations or appliances, or manipulations: often divided into medicine proper, surgery, and obstetrics.
the art or science of treating disease with drugs or curative substances, as distinguished from surgery and obstetrics.
the medical profession.
(among North American Indians) any object or practice regarded as having magical powers.
verb (used with object), medicined, medicining.
to administer medicine to.
give someone a dose/taste of his/her own medicine, to repay or punish a person for an injury by use of the offender's own methods.
take one's medicine, to undergo or accept punishment, especially deserved punishment: He took his medicine like a man.

1175–1225; Middle English medicin < Latin medicīna (ars) healing (art), feminine of medicīnus pertaining to a physician. See medical, -ine1

antimedicine, adjective
supermedicine, noun

1. medication, drug; pharmaceutical; physic. Unabridged
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medicine (ˈmɛdɪsɪn, ˈmɛdsɪn)
1.  any drug or remedy for use in treating, preventing, or alleviating the symptoms of disease
2.  the science of preventing, diagnosing, alleviating, or curing disease
3.  any nonsurgical branch of medical science
4.  the practice or profession of medicine: he's in medicine Related: Aesculapian, iatric
5.  something regarded by primitive people as having magical or remedial properties
6.  take one's medicine to accept a deserved punishment
7.  a taste of one's own medicine, a dose of one's own medicine an unpleasant experience in retaliation for and by similar methods to an unkind or aggressive act
Related: Aesculapian, iatric
[C13: via Old French from Latin medicīna (ars) (art of) healing, from medicus doctor, from medērī to heal]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from L. medicina, originally ars medicina "the medical art," from fem. of medicinus (adj.) "of a doctor," from medicus "a physician" (see medical). To take (one's) medicine "submit to something disagreeable" is first recorded 1865. N.Amer. Indian medicine-man
"shaman" is first attested 1801, from Amer. Indian adoption of the word in sense of "magical influence." The U.S.-Canadian boundary they called Medicine Line (first attested 1910), because it conferred a kind of magic protection: punishment for crimes committed on one side of it could be avoided by crossing over to the other. Medicine show "traveling show meant to attract a crowd so patent medicine can be sold to them" is Amer.Eng., 1938. Medicine ball "stuffed leather ball used for exercise" is from 1895.
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Medical Dictionary

medicine med·i·cine (měd'ĭ-sĭn)

  1. The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.

  2. The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means.

  3. The practice of medicine.

  4. An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury.

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medicine   (měd'ĭ-sĭn)  Pronunciation Key 
  1. The scientific study or practice of diagnosing, treating, and preventing diseases or disorders of the body or mind of a person or animal.

  2. An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury.

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