What is medicine?

  • (noun): (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease.
    Synonyms: medication, medicament, medicinal drug
    See also — Additional definitions below

Medicine

Medicine is the applied science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. It encompasses a variety of health care practices evolved to maintain and restore health by the prevention and treatment of illness in human beings.

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More definitions of "medicine":

  • (verb): Treat medicinally, treat with medicine.
    Synonyms: medicate
  • (noun): The learned profession that is mastered by graduate training in a medical school and that is devoted to preventing or alleviating or curing diseases and injuries.
    Example: "He studied medicine at Harvard"
    Synonyms: practice of medicine
  • (noun): The branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques.
    Synonyms: medical specialty
  • (noun): Punishment for one's actions.
    Example: "Take your medicine"
    Synonyms: music

Famous quotes containing the word medicine:

    I hold it that a little rebellion, now and then, is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical.... It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government.
    Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826)

    After you eat always take a walk, and you’ll never have to go to a medicine shop.
    —Chinese proverb.

    Rhyme.

    For this invention of yours will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn it, by causing them to neglect their memory, inasmuch as, from their confidence in writing, they will recollect by the external aid of foreign symbols, and not by the internal use of their own faculties. Your discovery, therefore, is a medicine not for memory, but for recollection,—for recalling to, not for keeping in mind.
    Plato (c. 427–347 B.C.)