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[muh-dik-uh-muh nt, med-i-kuh-] /məˈdɪk ə mənt, ˈmɛd ɪ kə-/
a healing substance; medicine; remedy.
Also called medicant
[med-i-kuh nt] /ˈmɛd ɪ kənt/ (Show IPA)
Origin of medicament
1535-45; < Latin medicāmentum remedy, physic, equivalent to medicā() to cure + -mentum -ment. See medicate
Related forms
[med-i-kuh-men-tl] /ˌmɛd ɪ kəˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
medicamentous, adjective Unabridged
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  • These soaps are prepared by adding the medicant to curd soap, and then making in a tablet form for use.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse
  • They stand towards us in the relation, not of medicant strangers, but of co-heirs and members of our family.

    Freeland Theodor Hertzka
British Dictionary definitions for medicant


/mɪˈdɪkəmənt; ˈmɛdɪ-/
a medicine or remedy in a specified formulation
Derived Forms
medicamental (ˌmɛdɪkəˈmɛntəl), medicamentary, adjective
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin medicāmentum, from medicāre to cure
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Word Origin and History for medicant



mid-15c., "medical skill; a medicinal compound," from Middle French médicament (15c.), from Latin medicamentum "drug, remedy," literally "means of healing," from medicare "to heal, cure" (see medication).

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medicant in Medicine

medicament me·dic·a·ment (mĭ-dĭk'ə-mənt, měd'ĭ-kə-)
An agent that promotes recovery from injury or ailment; a medicine.

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