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English definition of “medical”


adjective [not gradable]    /ˈmed·ɪ·kəl/
of or relating to medicine, or for the treatment of disease or injury: She is in her final year of medical school. Medical research has led to better treatment for diabetes patients. medically    /ˈmed·ɪ·kli/ adverb [not gradable] Staying another night in the hospital was not medically necessary, so she was discharged.
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