medico-, medic-, medi-, med-

(Latin: heal, cure, remedy; physician, doctor; practice of medicine, give medicine to)

aeromedicine, aeromedical
Aviation medicine.
agromed, agromedicine
Agromedicine promotes the health and safety of farm families and environments, agriculture workers, consumers of agricultural products, and associated industries.

There are many problem areas in agriculture which require health professional resources to identify the causes and ways to prevent them. When farmer and related industry worker morbidity arises, prompt medical diagnosis and effective treatment is essential.

Further, all of these problem areas require educational outreach to explain, reassure and train the public, the agriculture industry workers, and their families about morbidity etiology and the prevention as well as other relevant health and safety promotion.

alopecia medicamentosa
Loss of hair due to the administration of certain medicines; especially, those containing cytotoxic agents.
1. Pertaining to those aspects of the natural sciences, especially the biologic and physiologic sciences, that relate to or underlie medicine.
2. Biological and medical, i.e., encompassing both the science(s) and the art of medicine.
3. A reference to or relating to both biology and medicine.
4. Of or having to do with medicine considered in the context of the biological sciences, with emphasis on its relationship to the basic sciences underlying clinical practice.
biomedical engineering
The use of engineering methods, instrumentation, and technology to solve medical problems, including the manufacture of artificial limbs and organs, the design and construction of hospitals, the development of community health programs, and the study of ways to control the environment.
1. That branch of medicine dealing with functioning and survival of people in abnormal environments, especially in space.
2. Clinical medicine based on the principles of the natural sciences (biology, biochemistry, biophysics, etc.) to solve medical problems.
3. The science concerned with the effects of the environment on the human body; especially, environments associated with space travel.
chemical sympathectomy, medical sympathectomy
A partial or complete sympathetic nerve or ganglion block, brought about pharmacologically by ganglion-blocking agents.

This may be accomplished in the form of an injection of a local anesthetic into the ganglia concerned for temporary inducement or the injection of alcohol or phenol for permanent inducement.

D.M.D.; Dentariae Medicinae Doctor
Doctor of Dental Medicine.
eclectic medicine
A branch of alternative medicine which makes use of herbal remedies along with other remedies.

The term was coined by Constantine Samuel Rafinesque (1784-1841), a physician living among the Native Americans, and observing their use of medicinal plants.

He coined the word "eclectic" to refer to those physicians who adopted in practice whatever was found to be beneficial to their patients.

The Eclectics were doctors with a philosophy of "alignment with nature", learning from and using concepts from other schools, and opposing the practices of bleeding, purging, and the use of mecuricals common among the "regular" doctors of that time.

1. Relating to electrically operated diagnostic and other medical equipment.
2. A reference to an electrical activity in the body; for example, that of the heart or brain.
Electrical currents used to enhance tissue absorption of medication.
A descriptive reference to ethnobiomedicine.
The use of herbs (medicinal plants) by other cultures to fight various physical ailments; such as, yellow fever, malaria, heart disease, snake bites, mental illness, high-blood pressure, etc.
1. A reference to systems of medicine specific to certain ethnic groups.
1. Medical systems based on the cultural beliefs and practices of specific ethnic groups, including alternative bodies of theory and practice; such as, traditional Chinese medicine, traditional therapies handed down from generation to generation, and various mystical or magical practices.
2. The study of the beliefs and practices concerning illness in different human populations; it observes and describes hygienic, preventive, and healing practices; also taking into account temporal and spatial references.

People who have spent their lives with ethnomedicine often feel threatened by biomedicine; especially, when a physician rejects their traditional practices resulting in those patients avoiding needed medical treatment.

The best medical care could possibly be achieved by combining biomedicine and ethnomedicine which means that an understanding of major ethnomedical concepts be understood and integrated by the physician who is dealing with the patient.

—Compiled from information provided by
The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Volume II;
Robert Berkow, M.D, Editor-in Chief; Merck Research Laboratories;
Division of Merck & Co, Inc.; Rahway, N.J.; 1992; page 1070.