of or relating to the science or practice of :
medical history; medical treatment.
curative; medicinal; therapeutic:
medical properties.
pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
pertaining to or giving evidence of the state of one’s health:
a medical discharge from the army; a medical examination.
something done or received in regard to the state of one’s health, as a medical examination.
a specialized dictionary covering terms used in the health professions by doctors, nurses, and others involved in allied health care services. A dictionary with authoritative spellings and definitions is a particularly crucial resource in medicine, where a misspelling or misunderstanding can have unfortunate consequences for people under care. Print dictionaries in this field may be sorted alphabetically or may be categorized according to medical specializations or by the various systems in the body, as the immune system and the respiratory system. The online Medical Dictionary on allows alphabetical browsing in the combined electronic versions of more than one authoritative medical reference, insuring access to correct spellings, as well as immediate, direct access to a known search term typed into the search box on the site:
A medical dictionary reveals that large numbers of medical terms are formed from the same Latin and Greek parts combined and recombined.
Contemporary Examples

The bill does forbid the use by officials of personal information from medical records, tax returns and a list of other documents.
How CISPA Could Chip Away at Your Right to Privacy Ilana Glazer April 17, 2013

Now of course, some of these are administrators, others doctors and medical personnel.
That’s All a Nobel Prize Winner Gets Paid? Michael Tomasky April 17, 2014

medical personnel were expecting Rondin on Monday at Filatov Institute of Eye Diseases and Tissue Therapy.
Ukraine’s Wild and Wooly Elections Anna Nemtsova October 23, 2014

The nearly half-decade movement to repeal and replace the medical device tax reached a crescendo on Tuesday.
Debt Limit Stalemate Continues On Capitol Hill Ben Jacobs October 14, 2013

Christine Fitzsimmons, the medical director at IbogaLife, works on a laptop at the long wooden kitchen table.
Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction Abby Haglage May 3, 2014

Historical Examples

He was ever ready to attend the sick, and his success in medical practice gave him great renown.
The Adventures of the Chevalier De La Salle and His Companions, in Their Explorations of the Prairies, Forests, Lakes, and Rivers, of the New World, and Their Interviews with the Savage Tribes, Two Hundred Years Ago John S. C. Abbott

He watched the symptoms with a sort of medical air, as if counting seconds.
The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad

The Guardians over at Dirkham meet to-morrow to elect their medical officer.
A Change of Air Anthony Hope

A place in which the dead are laid to await the coming of the medical student.
The Devil’s Dictionary Ambrose Bierce

These bulls were really the formal charters of the medical schools.
The Thirteenth James J. Walsh

of or relating to the science of medicine or to the treatment of patients by drugs, etc, as opposed to surgery
a less common word for medicinal
(informal) a medical examination

1640s, from French médical, from Late Latin medicalis “of a physician,” from Latin medicus “physician, surgeon, medical man” (n.); “healing, madicinal” (adj.), from mederi “to heal, give medical attention to, cure,” originally “know the best course for,” from an early specialization of the PIE root *med- “to measure, limit, consider, advise, take appropriate measures” (cf. Greek medomai “be mindful of,” medein “to rule;” Avestan vi-mad- “physician;” Latin meditari “think or reflect on, consider;” Irish miduir “judge;” Old English metan “to measure out”); also see meditation. The earlier adjective in English in this sense was medicinal. Related: Medically.

1917, short for medical examination.

medical med·i·cal (měd’ĭ-kəl)

Of, relating to, or characterizing the study or practice of medicine.

Requiring treatment by medicine.

A thorough physical examination.


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