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[med-i-keyt] /ˈmɛd ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), medicated, medicating.
to treat with medicine or medicaments.
to impregnate with a medicine:
medicated cough drops; a medicated bandage.
Origin of medicate
1615-25; < Latin medicātus medicated (past participle of medicāre), healed (past participle of medicārī). See medical, -ate1
Related forms
demedicate, verb (used with object), demedicated, demedicating.
overmedicate, verb (used with object), overmedicated, overmedicating.
premedicate, verb (used with object), premedicated, premedicating.
unmedicated, adjective Unabridged
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  • My brother had to medicate his dog years ago in order to get him groomed.
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  • Doctors and public health officials urge the public not to self-medicate and consult with their family physician instead.
  • His family had an intervention and was able to persuade him to go for traditional treatment rather than self medicate.
  • Most pediatricians are wary of moving too quickly to medicate children, especially when the potential side effects are unknown.
British Dictionary definitions for medicate


verb (transitive)
to cover or impregnate (a wound, etc) with an ointment, cream, etc
to treat (a patient) with a medicine
to add a medication to (a bandage, shampoo, etc)
Derived Forms
medicative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
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Word Origin and History for medicate

"to treat medicinally," 1620s, a back-formation from medication, or else from Late Latin medicatus, past participle of medicare. Related: Medicated; medicating. The earlier verb in English was simply medicin (late 14c.).

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medicate in Medicine

medicate med·i·cate (měd'ĭ-kāt')
v. med·i·cat·ed, med·i·cat·ing, med·i·cates

  1. To treat by medicine.

  2. To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.

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