Meaning of “medical” in the English Dictionary

"medical" in British English

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uk /ˈmed.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈmed.ɪ.kəl/

B2 related to the treatment of illness and injuries:

medical advice
medical books
a medical team
medical workers

More examples

  • A person's medical records are confidential.
  • Without more food and medical supplies, these people will surely not survive.
  • The medical tests showed some variation in the baby's heart rate.
  • Recent advances in medical science mean that this illness can now be cured.
  • If symptoms persist seek medical attention.
adverb uk /ˈmed.ɪ.kəl.i/ us /ˈmed.ɪ.kəl.i/


The doctor declared her medically fit (= she had no illness or injury).

medicalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmed.ɪ.kəl/ us /ˈmed.ɪ.kəl/ mainly UK US usually physical

(Definition of “medical” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"medical" in American English

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medicaladjective [ not gradable ]

us /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.
adverb [ not gradable ] us /ˈmed·ɪ·kli/

Staying another night in the hospital was not medically necessary, so she was discharged.

(Definition of “medical” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"medical" in Business English

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uk /ˈmedɪkəl/ us

relating to medicine or to the treatment of illness or injury:

Despite concerns about security, many doctors think the benefits of having medical records in digital form outweigh the liabilities.
medical bills/expenses

medicalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmedɪkəl/ us

HR an examination done by a doctor to check someone's health:

I failed a routine medical at work last year.
undergo/pass/fail a medical All candidates must undergo a medical before being accepted on the scheme.

(Definition of “medical” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)