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

medicine

noun
     
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
3

the best medicine

the best way of making you feel better when you are sad:
Laughter is the best medicine.
4

give someone a dose/taste of their own medicine

to treat someone as badly as they have treated you
5

take your medicine (like a man)

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

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