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

      remedies and medicines made from plants:

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

      a branch of complementary medicine that uses low-dosage electromagnetic radiation in the treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of disease.
    • noun

      the provision of medical and hospital care for all by means of public funds.
    • noun

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

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

      a traveling show in which entertainers attracted customers to whom medications could be sold:
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