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Line breaks: med|ic¦al
Pronunciation: /ˈmɛdɪk(ə)l

Definition of medical in English:


1Relating to the science or practice of medicine: a medical centre the medical profession
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  • The occasion was the examination in general practice for fifth year medical students.
  • However, the medical practices committee is unlikely to allow an increase in our numbers.
  • Even when unable to work she maintained a keen interest in medical practice.
1.1Relating to medicine as distinguished from surgery, psychiatry, etc. he was transferred for further treatment to a medical ward
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  • She was transferred to a medical ward after three days in the intensive therapy unit.
  • The medical wards of hospitals admit the oldest and sickest people in our community.
  • Heart failure is the most common single cause of death in many hospital medical wards.


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An examination to assess a person’s state of physical health or fitness: they have medicals before they’re sent overseas
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  • The company said that between January and April this year there was a 62% increase in paid-for medicals or ‘personal health assessments’.
  • The stress of completing a questionnaire and attending these medicals often worsens the condition of claimants with mental health problems.
  • This involved visiting food factories throughout greater London, doing medicals and being responsible for health matters.


mid 17th century: via French from medieval Latin medicalis, from Latin medicus 'physician'.



patients were treated medically [as submodifier]: a medically qualified nutritionist
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  • Incomplete acute ischaemia can usually be treated medically in the first instance.
  • I felt embarrassed when I went to see her in intensive care because I had little to offer medically.
  • But however justified hesitation may be medically, it can seem callous to patients.

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