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[med-i-kuh l] /ˈmɛd ɪ kəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the science or practice of medicine:
medical history; medical treatment.
2.
curative; medicinal; therapeutic:
medical properties.
3.
pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
4.
pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one's health:
a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.
noun
5.
something done or received in regard to the state of one's health, as a medical examination.
Origin
1640-1650
1640-50; < Medieval Latin medicālis, equivalent to Latin medic(us) medical (adj.), physician (noun) (derivative of medērī to heal; see -ic) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
medically, adverb
antimedical, adjective
antimedically, adverb
nonmedical, adjective
nonmedically, adverb
pseudomedical, adjective
pseudomedically, adverb
quasi-medical, adjective
quasi-medically, adverb
unmedical, adjective
unmedically, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for quasimedical

medical

/ˈmɛdɪkəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
2.
a less common word for medicinal
noun
3.
(informal) a medical examination
Derived Forms
medically, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus physician, surgeon, from medērī to heal
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Word Origin and History for quasimedical

medical

adj.

1640s, from French médical, from Late Latin medicalis "of a physician," from Latin medicus "physician, surgeon, medical man" (n.); "healing, madicinal" (adj.), from mederi "to heal, give medical attention to, cure," originally "know the best course for," from an early specialization of the PIE root *med- "to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures" (cf. Greek medomai "be mindful of," medein "to rule;" Avestan vi-mad- "physician;" Latin meditari "think or reflect on, consider;" Irish miduir "judge;" Old English metan "to measure out"); also see meditation. The earlier adjective in English in this sense was medicinal. Related: Medically.

n.

1917, short for medical examination.

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quasimedical in Medicine

medical med·i·cal (měd'ĭ-kəl)
adj.

  1. Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.

  2. Requiring treatment by medicine.

n.
A thorough physical examination.
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