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veterinary

[vet-er-uh-ner-ee, ve-truh-] /ˈvɛt ər əˌnɛr i, ˈvɛ trə-/
noun, plural veterinaries.
1.
a veterinarian.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the medical and surgical treatment of animals, especially domesticated animals.
Origin
1780-1790
1780-90; < Latin veterīnārius, equivalent to veterīn(ae) beasts of burden (noun use of feminine plural of veterīnus pertaining to such beasts, equivalent to veter-, stem of vetus old, i.e., grown, able to take a load + -īnus -ine1) + -ārius -ary
Related forms
nonveterinary, adjective, noun, plural nonveterinaries.
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Examples from the web for veterinary
  • One of the emerging disciplines in veterinary science and medicine is the study of the human-animal bond.
  • Kittens will be delivered via private jet courier to pre-selected veterinary offices where owners can pick them up.
  • Illicit use ketamine is commonly diverted from veterinary sources.
  • Field was a veterinarian who, having practiced privately for years, had decided to pursue a doctorate in veterinary epidemiology.
  • We are starting by studying heat loss through the eyes and nares of animals being restrained for routine veterinary procedures.
  • But she was known for providing veterinary and surgical care at the other sanctuaries.
  • Of course, the way veterinary antibiotics are used is not the only cause of human drug-resistant infections.
  • Professional courses in medicine, veterinary medicine, and law typically take five years.
  • The continent, however, does produce some of the world's top veterinary livestock research.
  • Few of the changes in the handling and presenting of animals would be possible had great progress not come in veterinary care.
British Dictionary definitions for veterinary

veterinary

/ˈvɛtərɪnərɪ; ˈvɛtrɪnrɪ/
adjective
1.
of or relating to veterinary medicine
Word Origin
C18: from Latin veterīnārius concerning draught animals, from veterīnae draught animals; related to vetus mature (hence able to bear a burden)
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Word Origin and History for veterinary
adj.

1791, from Latin veterinarius, from veterinus (see veterinarian).

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veterinary in Medicine

veterinary vet·er·i·nar·y (vět'ər-ə-něr'ē, vět'rə-)
adj.
Of or relating to veterinary medicine. n.
A veterinarian.

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