Definitions of medicine

  1. the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. treat medicinally, treat with medicine Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries; "he studied medicine at Harvard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. punishment for one's actions; "you have to face the music"; "take your medicine" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease Wordnet Dictionary DB
  6. The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a remedy; physic. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A philter or love potion. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A physician. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. To give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Among the North American Indians, any object supposed to give control over natural or magical forces, to act as a protective charm, or to cause healing; also, magical power itself; the potency which a charm, token, or rite is supposed to exert. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Hence, a similar object or agency among other savages. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. Short for Medicine man. Newage Dictionary DB
  14. Intoxicating liquor; drink. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Short for man. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The art and science of preventing, diagnosing, and treating disease, as well as the maintenance of health. Medical Dictionary DB
  17. The science which relates to the prevention, treatment, and cure of disease; a preparation for the cure of disease. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  18. 1. A drug. 2. The art of preventing or curing disease; the science which treats of disease in all its relations. 3. The study and treatment of general diseases or those affecting the internal parts of the body, distinguished from surgery. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  19. Science relating to curing or healing of human ills. Substance administered for cure of disease. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  20. Anything applied for the cure or lessening of disease or pain. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  21. A remedy for disease; the art of healing. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Medicinal. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. A substance that tends to cure disease. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. The healing art. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Any substance that has the property of curing or mitigating disease; the art of preventing, curing, or alleviating disease. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  26. Familiarly medisin, anything administered for the cure or mitigation of disease; the art of curing or alleviating disease. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  27. Egypt was the earliest home of medical and other skill for the region of the Mediterranean basin, and every Egyptian mummy of the more expensive and elaborate sort involved a process of anatomy. Still we have no trace of any philosophical or rational system of Egyptian origin; still medicine in Egypt was a mere art or profession. Compared with the wild countries around them, however, the Egyptians must have seemed incalculably advanced. Representations of early Egyptian surgery apparently occur on some of the monuments of Beni-Hassan. Those who have assisted at the opening of a mummy have noticed that the teeth exhibited a dentistry not inferior in execution to the work of the best modern experts. This confirms the statement of Herodotus that every part of the body was studied by a distinct practitioner. The reputation of Egypts practitioners in historical times was such that both Cyrus and Darius sent to that country for physicians or surgeons. Of midwifery we have a distinct notice, ( Exodus 1:1 ) and of women as its Practitioners, which fact may also be verified from the scriptures. The scrupulous attention paid to the dead was favorable to the health of the living. The practice of physic was not among the Jews a privilege of the priesthood. Any one might practice it, and this publicity must have kept it pure. Rank and honor are said to be the portion of the physician, and his office to be from the Lord. Ecclus. 38:1,3,12. To bring down the subject to the period of the New Testament, St. Luke, "the beloved physician," who practiced at Antioch whilst the body was his care, could hardly have failed to be convenient with all the leading opinions current down to his own time. Among special diseases named in the Old Testament is ophthalmia, ( Genesis 29:17 ) which is perhaps more common in Syria and Egypt than anywhere else in the world; especially in the fig season, the juice of the newly-ripe fruit having the power of giving it. It may occasion partial or total blindness. ( 2 Kings 6:18 ) The "burning boil," ( Leviticus 13:23 ) is merely marked by the notion of an effect resembling that of fire, like our "carbuncle." The diseases rendered "scab" and "scurvy" in ( Leviticus 21:20 ; 22:22 ; 28:27 ) may be almost any skin disease. Some of these may be said to approach the type of leprosy. The "botch (shechin ) of Egypt," ( 28:27 ) is so vague a term as to yield a most uncertain sense. In ( 28:35 ) is mentioned a disease attacking the "knees and legs," consisting in a "sore botch which cannot be healed," but extended, in the sequel of the verse, from the "sole of the foot to the top of the head." The Elephantiasis gracorum is what now passes under the name of "leprosy;" the lepers, e.g., of the: huts near the Zion gate of modern Jerusalem are elephantissiacs. [LEPROSY] The disease of King Antiochus, 2 Macc. 9:5-10, etc., was that of a boil breeding worms. The case of the widows son restored by Elisha, ( 2 Kings 4:19 ) was probably one of sunstroke. The palsy meets us in the New Testament only, and in features too familiar to need special remark. palsy, gangrene and cancer were common in all the countries familiar to the scriptural writers, and neither differs from the modern disease of the same name. Mention is also made of the bites and stings of poisonous reptiles. ( Numbers 21:6 ) Among surgical instruments or pieces of apparatus the following only are alluded to in Scripture: A cutting instrument, supposed a "sharp stone," ( Exodus 4:25 ) the "knife" of ( Joshua 5:2 ) The "awl" of ( Exodus 21:6 ) was probably a surgical instrument. The "roller to bind" of ( Ezekiel 30:21 ) was for a broken limb, and is still used. A scraper, for which the "potsherd" of Job was a substitute. ( Job 2:8 ; Exodus 30:23-25 ) is a prescription in form. An occasional trace occurs of some chemical knowledge, e.g. the calcination of the gold by Moses, ( Exodus 32:20 ) the effect of "vinegar upon natron," ( Proverbs 25:20 ); comp. Jere 2:22 The mention of "the apothecary," ( Exodus 30:35 ; Ecclesiastes 10:1 ) and of the merchant in "powders," ( Solomon 3:6 ) shows that a distinct and important branch of trade was set up in these wares, in which, as at a modern druggists, articles of luxury, etc., are combined with the remedies of sickness. Among the most favorite of external remedies has always been the bath. There were special occasions on which the bath was ceremonially enjoined. The Pharisees and Essenes aimed at scrupulous strictness in all such rules. ( Matthew 15:2 ; Mark 7:5 ; Luke 11:38 ) River-bathing was common but houses soon began to include a bathroom. ( Leviticus 15:13 ; 2 Samuel 11:2 ; 2 Kings 5:10 ) biblestudytools.com
  28. "The practice of medicine is a pursuit very generally known and under- stood, and so also is that of surgery. The former includes the application and use of medicines and drugs for the purpose of curing. mitigating, or alleviating bodily diseases, while the functions of the latter are limited to manual operations usually performed by surgical instruments or appliances." Smith v. Lane, 21 Hun (N. Y.) 633. thelawdictionary.org
  29. Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a medication; a drug; a pharmaceutical; a medicament; a remedy; physic. dictgcide_fs
  30. med'i-sin, or med'sin, n. anything applied for the cure or lessening of disease or pain, whether simple or compound (made up of more than one ingredient): the science which treats of the prevention or cure of disease: a charm.--v.t. to treat or cure by medicine.--adj. MEDIC'INAL, relating to medicine: fitted to cure or to lessen disease or pain.--adv. MEDIC'INALLY.--ns. MED'ICINE-BAG, a Red Indian's receptacle for charms; MED'ICINE-CHEST, a chest for keeping medicines in a ship, &c.; MED'ICINE-MAN, among savages, a witch-doctor or exorciser.--adjs. MED'ICO-CHIRUR'GICAL, relating to both medicine and surgery; MED'ICO-L[=E]'GAL, relating to the application of medicine to questions of law. [Fr.,--L. medicina--medicus.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  31. Medicament, Medicina. Medicine is, also, used in the same sense as Medicament, and for a purging potion. To Medicine was formerly used for "to restore or cure by medicine." Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  32. [Latin] Any drug or other agent applied for purposes of healing; particularly, a drug intended for internal administration. na
  33. [Latin] The science of healing; especially, the science of healing by the internal administration of drugs, or the science which has to do with diseases that are mainly so treated (Internal m.). In this limited sense it comprises the study of the principles of the healing art (Theory of m.) and the practical application of those principles (Practice of m.); and these may be taught either by didactic lectures or by demonstration on the living patient (Clinical m.). M. may also be classed, according to the theory underlying the administration of drugs, into Allopathic, Dosimetric, Eclectic, Empirical, Homoeopathic, Hydropathic, and regular (see these words); or according to the line of treatment adopted, into Conservative, Expectant, Prophylactic, etc. Legal (or Forensic) m., medical jurisprudence, or m. applied to the determination of questions of law. Veterinary m., m. applied to the treatment of the domesticated animals, including Canine m., Equine m., etc. na
  34. Art of restoring& preserving health, esp. by means of remedial substances& regulation of diet &c., as opp. to surgery& obstetrics; substance, esp. one taken internally, used in this; (among savages) spell, charm, fetish, as m.-man, magician; (v.t.) give m. to, cure with m. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. A drug or remedy. American pocket medical dictionary.
  36. The art of healing disease. American pocket medical dictionary.
  37. The science and art of preserving the health of the animal organism, of assisting it to recovery when injured or diseased, of promoting the comfort and prolonging the life of the sick and injured; in a restricted sense, the same science and art exclusive of surgery. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  38. Any substance used as a remedy or palliative in disease. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  39. n. [Latin] Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; remedy; physic;— that branch of science which relates to the prevention, euro, or alleviation of disease. Cabinet Dictionary

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