What is medicine?

  • (noun): (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease.
    Synonyms: medication, medicament, medicinal drug
    See also — Additional definitions below

Medicine

Medicine is the applied science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness in human beings.

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More definitions of "medicine":

  • (noun): Punishment for one's actions.
    Example: "Take your medicine"
    Synonyms: music
  • (noun): The learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries.
    Example: "He studied medicine at Harvard"
    Synonyms: practice of medicine
  • (noun): The branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques.
    Synonyms: medical specialty
  • (verb): Treat medicinally, treat with medicine.
    Synonyms: medicate

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    In thee there is not half an hour’s life.
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