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medicinal

[muh-dis-uh-nl] /məˈdɪs ə nl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or having the properties of a medicine; curative; remedial:
medicinal properties; medicinal substances.
2.
unpalatable; disagreeable:
a medicinal taste.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin medicīnālis. See medicine, -al1
Related forms
medicinally, adverb
nonmedicinal, adjective
nonmedicinally, adverb
semimedicinal, adjective
unmedicinal, adjective
unmedicinally, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for medicinal

medicinal

/mɛˈdɪsɪnəl/
adjective
1.
relating to or having therapeutic properties
noun
2.
a medicinal substance
Derived Forms
medicinally, adverb
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Word Origin and History for medicinal
adj.

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)
adj.
Of, relating to, or having the properties of medicine.

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