Definition of medical in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmedək(ə)l/


1Relating 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.
1.1Relating 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.


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

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Syllabification: med·i·cal

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