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[rej-uh-muh n, -men, rezh-] /ˈrɛdʒ ə mən, -ˌmɛn, ˈrɛʒ-/
Medicine/Medical. a regulated course, as of diet, exercise, or manner of living, intended to preserve or restore health or to attain some result.
regime (defs 1, 2).
Grammar, government (def 9).
Origin of regimen
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin: rule, government, guidance, equivalent to reg(ere) to rule + -i- -i- + -men, noun suffix of result
Can be confused
regime, regimen, regiment. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for regimen
  • Dancers on this pointe regimen developed characteristically long, lean leg muscles.
  • In the end, nothing builds a true command of language faster than this kind of regimen.
  • But, once you've put the regimen for waterboarding and other techniques in place, you use it much more indiscriminately.
  • But they seem to have better planning information available for the low sodium regimen.
  • Using an improved regimen consisting of the same components, we're doing a follow-up to that study.
  • His offseason training regimen is expected to start on schedule.
  • But he devised a regimen, leaving the house nightly to study at a library to avoid distractions.
  • Even when a regimen is followed, it may not be the best regimen.
  • Running has been a significant part of my exercise regimen over the last three years.
  • But little by little he got back on his feet and became a fitness advocate for those who struggle with an exercise regimen.
British Dictionary definitions for regimen


Also called regime. a systematic way of life or course of therapy, often including exercise and a recommended diet
administration or rule
Word Origin
C14: from Latin: guidance
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Word Origin and History for regimen

c.1400, medical, "course of diet, exercise, etc. for sake of health;" mid-15c., "act of governing," from Old French regimen (14c.), from Latin regimen "rule, guidance, government, means of guidance, rudder," from regere "to rule" (see regal).

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regimen in Medicine

regimen reg·i·men (rěj'ə-mən, -měn')

  1. A regulated system, as of diet, therapy, or exercise, intended to promote health or achieve another beneficial effect.

  2. A course of intense physical training.

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