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medicate

Syllabification: med·i·cate
Pronunciation: /ˈmedəˌkāt
 
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Definition of medicate in English:

verb

[with object]
1Administer medicine or a drug to (someone): both infants were heavily medicated to alleviate their seizures
More example sentences
  • For another, he's heavily medicated with antidepressants with the main side effects of sexual dysfunction and disinterest.
  • While there for a little more than a year, he was heavily medicated with barbiturates and underwent numerous electro-convulsive treatments.
  • She is heavily medicated and they believe she will slip into a full coma and then pass away.
1.1Treat (a condition) using medicine or a drug.
Example sentences
  • Drug companies encourage the idea that people can diagnose and medicate medical conditions themselves.
  • Because of the media of mass communication even normal life events (like menopause) are medicated with expensive drugs.
  • The more people who are persuaded that they have a disorder that can be medicated, the more medication the company can sell.
1.2Add a medicinal substance to (a dressing or product): (as adjective medicated) medicated shampoo
More example sentences
  • It consists of introducing medicated oily substances into the colon to be retained and absorbed by the whole body.
  • Come on then, I think I have some medicated wipes back in my dormitory.
  • And we have some kind of medicated shampoo that should help too.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin medicat- 'treated', from the verb medicari 'administer remedies to', from medicus (see medic1).

Derivatives

medicative

1
Pronunciation: /-ˌkātiv/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Epidural blocks are one form of medicative relief for this pain.
  • According to their effect on human body, the compounds can be divided into two groups: nutrients and medicative ingredients.
  • If you are insulin dependent, ask for special diet and medicative instructions.

Words that rhyme with medicate

dedicate, predicate

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