medicine

/ˈmɛdəsən / (say 'meduhsuhn), /ˈmɛdsən / (say 'medsuhn)

noun
1. any substance or substances used in treating disease; a medicament; a remedy.
2. the art or science of restoring or preserving health or due physical condition, as by means of drugs, surgical operations or appliances, manipulations, etc. (often divided into medicine proper, surgery, and obstetrics).
3. the art or science of treating disease with drugs or curative substances (distinguished from surgery and obstetrics).
4. the medical profession.
5. any object or practice regarded by a people as being of magical efficacy.
6. any unpleasant treatment or experience, especially one that is difficult to accept.
verb (t) (medicined, medicining)
7. to administer medicine to.
phrase
8. a taste (or dose) of one's own medicine, any unpleasant treatment meted out to someone who usually punishes, bullies, etc.
9. practise medicine, to be engaged in the work of a doctor, especially as a general practitioner.
{Middle English, from Latin medicīna}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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