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[med-i-kuh l] /ˈmɛd ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the science or practice of medicine:
medical history; medical treatment.
2.
curative; medicinal; therapeutic:
medical properties.
3.
pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
4.
pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one's health:
a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.
noun
5.
something done or received in regard to the state of one's health, as a medical examination.
Origin
1640-1650
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
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Examples 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

medical

/ˈmɛdɪkəl/
adjective
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
noun
3.
(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
medical
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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medically in Medicine

medical med·i·cal (měd'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

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

  2. Requiring treatment by medicine.

n.
A thorough physical examination.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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