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Definition of MEDICINE

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Physic \Phys"ic\ (f[i^]z"[i^]k), n. [OE. phisike, fisike, OF. phisique, F. physique knowledge of nature, physics, L. physica, physice, fr. Gr. fysikh`, fr. fysiko`s natural, from fy`sis nature, fr. fy`ein to produce, grow, akin to E. be. See {Be}, and cf. {Physics}, {Physique}.]
     1. The art of healing diseases; the science of medicine; the theory or practice of medicine; -- an archaic term, superseded by {medicine}. [archaic] "A doctor of physik."
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     2. A specific internal application for the cure or relief of sickness; a remedy for disease; a medicine. [1913 Webster]

     3. Specifically, a medicine that purges; a cathartic. [1913 Webster]

     4. A physician. [R.] --Shak.
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     {Physic nut} (Bot.), a small tropical American euphorbiaceous tree ({Jatropha Curcas}), and its seeds, which are well flavored, but contain a drastic oil which renders them dangerous if eaten in large quantities. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Medicine \Med"i*cine\, v. t.
     To give medicine to; to affect as a medicine does; to remedy; to cure. "Medicine thee to that sweet sleep." --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Medicine \Med"i*cine\, n. [L. medicina (sc. ars), fr. medicinus medical, fr. medicus: cf. F. m['e]decine. See {Medical}.]
     1. The science which relates to the prevention, cure, or alleviation of disease. [1913 Webster]

     2. Any substance administered in the treatment of disease; a remedial agent; a medication; a drug; a pharmaceutical; a medicament; a remedy; physic. [1913 Webster]

              By medicine, life may be prolonged.   --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     3. A philter or love potion. [Obs.] --Shak.
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     4. [F. m['e]decin.] A physician. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

        (a) Among the North American Indians, any object supposed to give control over natural or magical forces, to act as a protective charm, or to cause healing; also, magical power itself; the potency which a charm, token, or rite is supposed to exert. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

                  The North American Indian boy usually took as his medicine the first animal of which he dreamed during the long and solitary fast that he observed at puberty.           --F. H. Giddings. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] (b) Hence, a similar object or agency among other savages. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

     6. Short for {Medicine man}.
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     7. Intoxicating liquor; drink. [Slang]
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     {Medicine bag}, a charm; -- so called among the North American Indians, or in works relating to them.

     {Medicine man} (among the North American Indians), a person who professes to cure sickness, drive away evil spirits, and regulate the weather by the arts of magic; a shaman.

     {Medicine seal}, a small gem or paste engraved with reversed characters, to serve as a seal. Such seals were used by Roman physicians to stamp the names of their medicines. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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