General English

General Science


  • noun a preparation taken to treat a disease or condition, especially one in liquid form
  • noun the study and treatment of diseases which does not involve surgery
  • abbreviationmed.

Origin & History of “medicine”

Latin medērī ‘heal’ underlies all the English ‘medical’-words (it was formed from the base *med-, which also produced English remedy). From it was derived medicus ‘doctor’, which has given English medical (17th c.); and on medicus in turn were based Latin medicīna ‘practice of medicine’ (source of English medicine) and medicārī ‘give medicine to’ (source of English medicament (14th c.) and medicate (17th c.)). The informal medico (17th c.) comes via Italian.