See also: médical

English Edit

Etymology Edit

Borrowed from Middle French medical, from Medieval Latin medicālis, from Latin medicus. Replaced Old English lǣċe (doctor (physician)), which is cognate with Icelandic læknir (doctor).

Pronunciation Edit

  • IPA(key): /ˈmɛdɪkl̩/
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  • Hyphenation: med‧i‧cal

Adjective Edit

medical (not generally comparable, 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. Pertaining to or requiring treatment by other than surgical means.
    medical ward
  6. Pertaining to medication specifically (that is, pharmacotherapy), rather than to other aspects of medicine and surgery.
    medical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical oncology
    surgical therapy only when medical therapy fails

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Noun Edit

medical (plural medicals)

  1. (informal) A medical examination.
    You'll have to get a medical before you apply for that job.
    • 2014 August 26, Jamie Jackson, “Ángel di María says Manchester United were the ‘only club’ after Real”, in The Guardian:
      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.
    • 2021 November 17, “Network News: Age-related medical requirements”, in RAIL, number 944, page 9:
      All UK train drivers must undergo a medical every three years up to the age of 54, and annually from then on.
  2. (archaic) A medical practitioner.
    • 1884, Robert Louis Stevenson, The Body Snatcher:
      We medicals have a better way than that. When we dislike a friend of ours, we dissect him.
    • 1905, Edward Harper Parker, “Confucianism”, in China and Religion, New York, N.Y.: E[dward] P[ayson] Dutton and Company, pages 67–68:
      There was the school of simplicity, socialism, and universal love, the head of which was a Quixotic Diogenes called Mêh-tsz or Meccius (fifth century b.c.); the school of denominationalists, or pedantic adherents to the letter of absolutely defined principles; the legists, or partisans of a system of repression and punishment (on the Plehve-Pobyedonóschtschoff basis); the astrologists, or believers in occult influences; the medicals or elixirists; the sensualists; and many others, recalling to our minds the various divisions of Greek philosophy at the same period.

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medical (not comparable)

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

Middle French Edit

Etymology Edit

From Latin medicālis, from medius (middle).

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medical m

  1. Of or relating to the middle finger.

Romanian Edit

Etymology Edit

Borrowed from French médical.

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medical m or n (feminine singular medicală, masculine plural medicali, feminine and neuter plural medicale)

  1. medical

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