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medicine

noun uk   /ˈmed.ɪ.sən/ /ˈmed.sən/ us  

medicine noun (TREATMENT)

B1 [U] treatment for illness or injury, or the study of this: paediatric/preventative medicine orthodox/Western medicine a career in medicine She is a doctor, but is unable to practise medicine (= work as a doctor) in her own country.
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medicine noun (SUBSTANCE)

A2 [C or U] a substance, especially in the form of a liquid or a pill, that is a treatment for illness or injury: cough medicine Take two spoonfuls of medicine at mealtimes. She knows a lot about herbal medicines.
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Translations of “medicine”
in Korean 약…
in Arabic دَواء, طِبّ…
in French médicament, médecine…
in Turkish ilaç, deva, tıp…
in Italian medicinale, medicina…
in Chinese (Traditional) 治療, 醫術, 醫學…
in Russian лекарство, медицина…
in Polish lekarstwo, lek, medycyna…
in Spanish medicina…
in Portuguese remédio, medicina…
in German die Medizin…
in Catalan medicament, medicina…
in Japanese 薬, 医学…
in Chinese (Simplified) 治疗, 医术, 医学…
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