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[med-i-key-shuh n] /ˌmɛd ɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
the use or application of medicine.
a medicinal substance; medicament.
Origin of medication
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin medicātiōn- (stem of medicātiō). See medicate, -ion
Related forms
antimedication, adjective
hypermedication, noun
overmedication, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for medication
  • Then suspense builds when the dinosaurs mistakenly wake up, due to the wrong medication that counteracts the deep sleep.
  • The effort foundered, and she is the first to concede that a medication based on the approach is probably a decade or more away.
  • Unfortunately, given current industry lobbying and governmental laws, no other medication is available on the market.
  • Travelers who plan to visit the central or southern provinces during warm weather should take antimalarial medication.
  • In developed countries, doctors monitor liver function frequently, changing or stopping medication at the first sign of trouble.
  • The medication management system on the robots is also important.
  • My guess is that the sleeping medication was necessary.
  • Virus drained from these so-called reservoirs would then be dispatched with existing or adapted medication.
  • Even patients' level of side effects from arthritis medication seem determined by those patients' beliefs about those medicines.
  • Ten of them responded remarkably well to the medication.
British Dictionary definitions for medication


treatment with drugs or remedies
a drug or remedy
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Word Origin and History for medication

early 15c., "medical treatment of a disease or wound," from Middle French médication and directly from Latin medicationem (nominative medicatio) "healing, cure," from past participle stem of medicare, medicari "to medicate, heal, cure" (poetic and Late Latin) from medicus "physician, healing" (see medical (adj.)).

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medication in Medicine

medication med·i·ca·tion (měd'ĭ-kā'shən)

  1. A medicine; a medicament.

  2. The act or process of treating with medicine.

  3. Administration of medicine.

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