noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin medicina, from feminine of medicinus of a physician, from medicus Date: 13th century 1. a. a substance or preparation used in treating disease b. something that affects well-being 2. a. the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease b. the branch of medicine concerned with the nonsurgical treatment of disease 3. a substance (as a drug or potion) used to treat something other than disease 4. an object held in traditional American Indian belief to give control over natural or magical forces; also magical power or a magical rite • medicine transitive verb

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