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Synonyms of medicine in English:


  • 1 she poured out a dose of medicine for her mother
    medication, medicament, remedy, cure, nostrum, patent medicine, quack remedy, panacea, cure-all, placebo, drug, prescription, dose, treatment
  • 2 the remarkable achievements of modern medicine
    medical science, practice of medicine, healing, therapeutics, therapy, treatment, healing art
  • Phrases

    give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine

    get even (with), get back at, get, let someone see how it feels, have/get/take one's revenge (on), be revenged (on), revenge oneself (on), hit back (at);
    even the score (with), settle a/the score, settle accounts (with), get one's own back (on), give as good as one gets, play tit for tat (with), pay someone back, repay, reciprocate, retaliate (against), take reprisals (against), exact retribution (on)
    informalgive someone their comeuppance

    take one's medicine

    accept one's punishment, take the consequences of one's actions
    informaltake the rap, take it on the chin

    Word links

    pharmaceutical relating to medicines
    iatro- related prefix, as in iatrogenic, iatrochemistry
    pharmacist; British chemist; North American druggist seller of medicines
    pharmacy; British chemist's; North American drugstore shop selling medicines

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