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[med-i-keyt] /ˈmɛd ɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), medicated, medicating.
to treat with medicine or medicaments.
to impregnate with a medicine:
medicated cough drops; a medicated bandage.
Origin of medicate
1615-25; < Latin medicātus medicated (past participle of medicāre), healed (past participle of medicārī). See medical, -ate1
Related forms
demedicate, verb (used with object), demedicated, demedicating.
overmedicate, verb (used with object), overmedicated, overmedicating.
premedicate, verb (used with object), premedicated, premedicating.
unmedicated, adjective Unabridged
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verb (transitive)
to cover or impregnate (a wound, etc) with an ointment, cream, etc
to treat (a patient) with a medicine
to add a medication to (a bandage, shampoo, etc)
Derived Forms
medicative, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin medicāre to heal
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Word Origin and History for unmedicated



"to treat medicinally," 1620s, a back-formation from medication, or else from Late Latin medicatus, past participle of medicare. Related: Medicated; medicating. The earlier verb in English was simply medicin (late 14c.).

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unmedicated in Medicine

medicate med·i·cate (měd'ĭ-kāt')
v. med·i·cat·ed, med·i·cat·ing, med·i·cates

  1. To treat by medicine.

  2. To tincture or permeate with a medicinal substance.

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