What is medication?

  • (noun): The act of treating with medicines or remedies.
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A pharmaceutical drug, also referred to as medicine or medication, can be loosely defined as any chemical substance intended for use in the medical diagnosis, cure, treatment, or prevention of disease. The word pharmaceutical comes from the Greek word Pharmakeia. The modern transliteration of Pharmakeia is Pharmacia.

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Medication - History - Modern Pharmacology
... During the First World War, Alexis Carrel and Henry Dakin developed the Carrel-Dakin method of treating wounds with an irrigation, Dakin's solution, a germicide which helped prevent gangrene ... In the inter-war period, the first anti-bacterial agents such as the sulpha antibiotics were developed ...

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