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Meaning of “medicine” in the English Dictionary

"medicine" in British English

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medicinenoun

uk   us   /ˈmed.ɪ.sən/ /ˈmed.sən/
  • 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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(Definition of medicine from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"medicine" in American English

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medicinenoun

 us   /ˈmed·ə·sɪn/
  • medicine noun (TREATMENT)

[U] the ​sciencedealing with the ​preserving of ​health and with ​preventing and ​treatingdisease or ​injury: Pediatrics is a ​branch of medicine. She ​continued to ​practice medicine until she was in her ​eighties.
  • medicine noun (SUBSTANCE)

[C/U] a ​substance taken into the ​body in ​treating an ​illness: [U] Take two ​spoonfuls of ​cough medicine. [C] This ​antibiotic should not be taken with other medicines.
medicinal
adjective  us   /məˈdɪs·ə·nəl/
The ​Indians used the ​plant as a medicinal ​substance.
(Definition of medicine from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"medicine" in Business English

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medicinenoun

uk   us   /ˈmedɪsən/
[U] the ​treatment of illness or ​injury, or the ​study of how illnesses and ​injuries are ​treated: Medicine has ​advanced enormously over the past 100 ​years. alternative/​complementary/​preventive medicine
[C or U] a ​drug that is used to ​treat illness or ​injury: Producing new medicines is an enormously complex and ​costlyprocess. The ​President announced that he would ​send $320 million ​worth of ​food and medicine to the ​region. over-the-counter/​prescription medicine(s)
(Definition of medicine from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “medicine”
in Korean 약…
in Arabic دَواء, طِبّ…
in Malaysian ubat, kedoktoran…
in French médicament, médecine…
in Russian лекарство, медицина…
in Chinese (Traditional) 治療, 醫術, 醫學…
in Italian medicinale, medicina…
in Turkish ilaç, deva, tıp…
in Polish lekarstwo, lek, medycyna…
in Spanish medicina…
in Vietnamese thuốc, khoa nội…
in Portuguese remédio, medicina…
in Thai ยา, แพทยศาสตร์…
in German die Medizin…
in Catalan medicament, medicina…
in Japanese 薬, 医学…
in Chinese (Simplified) 治疗, 医术, 医学…
in Indonesian obat, kedokteran…
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