Definition of medical in English:


Syllabification: med·i·cal
Pronunciation: /ˈmedikəl


  • 1Of or relating to the science of medicine, or to the treatment of illness and injuries: a medical center 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.
  • 1.1Of or relating to conditions requiring medical but not surgical treatment: 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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  • 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.


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

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