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Borrowed from Middle French medical, from Medieval Latin medicalis, from Latin medicus.


  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛdɪkl̩/
  • Hyphenation: med‧i‧cal
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medical (comparative more medical, superlative most medical)

  1. Of or pertaining to the practice of medicine.
    medical doctor; medical student
    Do you have any medical experience?
  2. Intended to have a therapeutic effect; medicinal.
    medical marijuana; medical cannabis; medical treatment
  3. Requiring medical treatment.
    A costly medical condition can bankrupt you if it doesn't kill you first.
  4. Pertaining to the state of one's health.
    medical examinaton; medical exemption; medical history; medical record; medical diagnosis
  5. (Britain) Pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
    medical ward


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medical (plural medicals)

  1. (informal) A medical examination.
    You'll have to get a medical before you apply for that job.
    • 2014, Jamie Jackson, "Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real", The Guardian, 26 August 2014:
      After completing a medical and the requisite paperwork on Tuesday to seal the deal, Di María said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.

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medical (not comparable)

  1. medical (pertaining to medicine, health care, etc.)

Middle FrenchEdit


Borrowed from Latin medicalis, from medius (middle).


medical m

  1. of or relating to the middle finger