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[med-i-kuh l] /ˈmɛd ɪ kəl/
of or relating 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
Related forms
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
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Examples from the web for medically
  • The irs argues that such surgery is cosmetic and not medically necessary.
  • He received electrotherapy treatment and was declared medically unfit for service.
  • It has been medically proven to be nonaddictive and safe to ingest.
  • Cone venom shows great promise as a source of new, medically important substances.
  • Consequently all drivers were required to be medically examined periodically.
  • This compresses the collarbone and upper ribs but is not medically dangerous.
British Dictionary definitions for medically


of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
a less common word for medicinal
(informal) a medical examination
Derived Forms
medically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal
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Word Origin and History for medically



1640s, from French médical, from Late Latin medicalis "of a physician," from Latin medicus "physician, surgeon, medical man" (n.); "healing, madicinal" (adj.), from mederi "to heal, give medical attention to, cure," originally "know the best course for," from an early specialization of the PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cf. Greek medomai "be mindful of," medein "to rule;" Avestan vi-mad- "physician;" Latin meditari "think or reflect on, consider;" Irish miduir "judge;" Old English metan "to measure out"); also see meditation. The earlier adjective in English in this sense was medicinal. Related: Medically.


1917, short for medical examination.

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medically in Medicine

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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