|medicine (ˈmɛdɪsɪn, ˈmɛdsɪn)|
|1.||any drug or remedy for use in treating, preventing, or alleviating the symptoms of disease|
|2.||the science of preventing, diagnosing, alleviating, or curing disease|
|3.||any nonsurgical branch of medical science|
|4.||the practice or profession of medicine: he's in medicine Related: Aesculapian, iatric|
|5.||something regarded by primitive people as having magical or remedial properties|
|6.||take one's medicine to accept a deserved punishment|
|7.||a taste of one's own medicine, a dose of one's own medicine an unpleasant experience in retaliation for and by similar methods to an unkind or aggressive act|
|Related: Aesculapian, iatric|
|[C13: via Old French from Latin medicīna (ars) (art of) healing, from medicus doctor, from medērī to heal]|
medicine med·i·cine (měd'ĭ-sĭn)
The science of diagnosing, treating, or preventing disease and other damage to the body or mind.
The branch of this science encompassing treatment by drugs, diet, exercise, and other nonsurgical means.
The practice of medicine.
An agent, such as a drug, used to treat disease or injury.
|medicine (měd'ĭ-sĭn) Pronunciation Key
take one's medicine
Put up with unpleasantness, learn one's lesson. For example, After failing math, he had to take his medicine and go to summer school. This idiom uses medicine in the sense of "a bitter-tasting remedy." [Mid-1800s]