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[muh-dis-uh-nl] /məˈdɪs ə nl/
of, relating to, or having the properties of a medicine; curative; remedial:
medicinal properties; medicinal substances.
unpalatable; disagreeable:
a medicinal taste.
Origin of medicinal
1300-50; Middle English < Latin medicīnālis. See medicine, -al1
Related forms
medicinally, adverb
nonmedicinal, adjective
nonmedicinally, adverb
semimedicinal, adjective
unmedicinal, adjective
unmedicinally, adverb Unabridged
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  • He founded hospitals and public gardens and gardens for the growing of medicinal herbs.
  • The same result has followed from keeping together different varieties of the medicinal leech.
  • Distilled water is chemically pure and is always used for medicinal purposes.
  • These enchantments are medicinal, they sober and heal us.
  • The only really consistent effect of zinc lozenges reported by quality studies is a bitter, medicinal aftertaste.
  • People drink alcohol for the pleasure and the taste, sometimes forgetting its medicinal properties.
  • Decriminalizing marijuana would also help to resolve the current dispute over its medicinal use.
  • Wine has served us by providing experiences from the medicinal to the mystical, and from the caloric to the culinary.
  • They have nothing to say about their foods except that they have wonderful medicinal properties.
  • Many of these indigenous crops also have medicinal properties.
British Dictionary definitions for medicinal


relating to or having therapeutic properties
a medicinal substance
Derived Forms
medicinally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for medicinal

late 14c., from Old French medicinal and directly from Latin medicinalis "pertaining to medicine," from medicina (see medicine). Related: Medicinally.

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medicinal me·dic·i·nal (mĭ-dĭs'ə-nəl)
Of, relating to, or having the properties of medicine.

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