Explore MEDICINE Topic

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin medicina, from medicus; MEDICAL


mediā€§cine S2 W3
1 [uncountable and countable]MD a substance used for treating illness, especially a liquid you drink:
Medicines should be kept out of the reach of children.
Have you been taking your medicine?
a medicine bottle
medicine chest/cabinet (=for keeping medicine in)
! Do not say that you 'drink medicine'. Say that you take your medicine.
2 [uncountable]MHSE the treatment and study of illnesses and injuries:
She studied medicine at Johns Hopkins University.
the remarkable achievements of modern medicine
traditional Chinese medicine

the best medicine

the best way of making you feel better when you are sad:
Laughter is the best medicine.

give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine

to treat someone as badly as they have treated you

take your medicine (like a man)

to accept an unpleasant situation or a punishment that you deserve, without complaining