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  1. med·i·cine
    IPA[ˈmedəsən]
  2. noun

    • 1. the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery):

      he made distinguished contributions to pathology and medicine the remarkable achievements of modern medicine
      Synonym : medical science, practice of medicine, healing, therapeutics, therapy, treatment, healing art
    • 2. a compound or preparation used for the treatment or prevention of disease, especially a drug or drugs taken by mouth:

      give her some medicine your doctor will be able to prescribe medicines
    • 3. healing substances or drugs collectively:

      an aid convoy loaded with food and medicine
    • 4. (especially among some North American Indian peoples) a spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power:

      Fleur was murdering him by use of bad medicine
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: medicine, plural noun: medicines

    • noun

      the science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery):

      a drug or other preparation for the treatment or prevention of disease:

    • noun

      the branch of medicine concerned with the treatment of disease by physical means such as manipulation, heat, electricity, or radiation, rather than by medication or surgery.

      the branch of medicine that treats biomechanical disorders and injuries.

    • noun

      the study or practice of the medicinal and therapeutic use of plants; herbalism.

      remedies and medicines made from plants:

    • noun

      the branch of medicine that deals with the use of radioactive substances in research, diagnosis, and treatment.
    • noun

      any of a range of medical therapies that are not regarded as orthodox by the medical profession, such as herbalism, homeopathy, and acupuncture.
    • noun

      a large, heavy, solid ball thrown and caught for exercise.
    • noun

      a branch of medicine that studies environmental inputs and the individual's physical, mental, and emotional responses to them.
    • noun

      the branch of medicine dealing with the prevention and treatment of job-related injuries and illnesses.
    • noun

      any of a range of medical therapies that fall beyond the scope of scientific medicine but may be used alongside it in the treatment of disease and ill health. Examples include acupuncture and osteopathy.
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