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[med-i-koh] /ˈmɛd ɪˌkoʊ/
noun, plural medicos. Informal.
a physician or surgeon; doctor.
a medical student.
Origin of medico
1680-90; < Spanish médico, Italian medico < Latin medicus physician; see medical


a combining form representing medical, in compound words:
combining form representing Latin medicus of, pertaining to healing; see medical Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for medico
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  • Most Spaniards who can afford it have their family or bolster doctor, the medico de Cabecera, and their confessor.

    Gatherings From Spain Richard Ford
  • If you're quite comfortable, I'll step down to the village and fetch the medico.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • In Italian, grillo also means caprice, and especially amorous caprice; and medico grillo is applied to a foolish doctor.

    Zoological Mythology (Volume II) Angelo de Gubernatis
  • medico (pathetically, with a view to touching the Dealer's heart).

  • While he was seated at table, Hanks, who had gone on deck to see the medico off, returned.

    Salt Water W. H. G. Kingston
  • Not being a "medico" I can not vouch for this, but you can take it for what it is worth.

    The Emma Gees Herbert Wes McBride
  • Ive had my own medico and two sick-bay men working over the cases.

  • The medico held my chin in the usual way, and examined my throat.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
  • The medico admitted that there was some reason in the woman's view.

    Mohawks, Volume 1 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • If I have no check, I hope to be soon discharged by the medico.

British Dictionary definitions for medico


noun (pl) -cos
a doctor or medical student
Word Origin
C17: via Italian from Latin medicus


combining form
medical: medicolegal
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Word Origin and History for medico

"medical practitioner," 1680s, from Spanish médico or Italian medico, from Latin medicus (see medical (adj.)).


used as a comb. form of Latin medicus (see medical (adj.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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medico in Medicine

medico med·i·co (měd'ĭ-kō')

  1. A physician.

  2. A medical student.

medico- pref.
Medical science: medicolegal.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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