- 1The science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease (in technical use often taken to exclude surgery).More example sentences
- He said they planned to take on extra clinicians in respiratory medicine, obstetrics and gynaecology.
- The practice of medicine must comply with modern ethical standards.
- A few of them were practitioners of herbal medicine but most were ordinary, conventional citizens.
- 2A 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 medicinesMore example sentences
- Treatments include preventative medicines and those for use in acute attacks.
- If you remain well while on the medicines, the treatment should be continued.
- In less urgent cases, treatment by medicines and vitamins may be a better option.
- 2.1Healing substances or drugs collectively: an aid convoy loaded with food and medicineMore example sentences
- Clean water, rather than food or medicine, was cited as the most acute need in southern and central Iraq.
- How will you get them food, medicine, and the consumer goods they have come to enjoy?
- They desperately need medicine and food - and I think they need toys for the children.
- 3(Among North American Indians and some other peoples) a spell, charm, or fetish believed to have healing, protective, or other power: Fleur was murdering him by use of bad medicineMore example sentences
- They could be bribed to give you some bad medicine if someone wanted to be rid of you.
- Every culture had its Shamans, who in turn took on the magic mantle of medicine.
give someone a dose (or taste) of their own medicine
- Give someone the same bad treatment that they have given to others: tired of his humiliation of me, I decided to give him a taste of his own medicineMore example sentences
- I suggest we out this person and give them a taste of their own medicine.
- Let's give them a taste of their own medicine then perhaps they may have a less arrogant attitude towards Britain.
- Weathering the storm, Windermere then picked up the pace and gave Workington a taste of their own medicine.
take one's medicine
- Submit to something disagreeable such as punishment.More example sentences
- You made a call, acknowledged it was probably wrong and took your medicine with grace.
- So I took my medicine and I'm on probation now for three years.
- He had an affair with a blonde teenager but took his medicine and kept his marriage together.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin medicina, from medicus 'physician'.