medico-, medic-, medi-, med-

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

family medicine (s) (noun), family medicines (pl)
A branch of medicine that provides comprehensive health care to people regardless of age or sex, while placing particular emphasis on the members of a closely knit group; usually, including a mother, a father, and children: When Dr. McDonald's daughter June finished her medical studies, she decided that she wanted to practice family medicine with her father at his clinic.
forensic medicine (s) (noun), forensic medicines (pl)
The branch of medical science that applies medical knowledge for legal purposes: Forensic medicine interprets or establishes medical facts in civil or criminal law cases; especially, in court proceedings.
geomedicine (s) (noun), geomedicines (pl)
The branch of medicine concerned with the influence of environment, climatic and topographic conditions on health: Dr. Bates believed in geomedicine and read about the prevalence of diseases in different parts of the world.
hebiatrics (plural functioning as a singular) (noun)
1. Specializing in the medical treatment of adolescents; adolescent medicine: Hebiatrics is a branch of medicine that is concerned with the treatment of youth between thirteen and twenty-one years of age.
2. A field of medicine pertaining to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases occurring during the period beginning with puberty until the maturity of bodily growth.
materia medica (medical matter)
1. Substances used in medicine.
2. That branch of medicine which deals with the properties of drugs and with their application in the cure of diseases.
medicable (adjective), more medicable, most medicable
A reference to that which can be healed: A medicable treatment has a reasonable expectation of being cured.
medical (noun), more medical, most medical
Pertaining to the study of the art and science of caring for those who are ill and the treatment of diseases: There are times when medical therapy is done with medicines as distinct from surgical treatment.
medical cybernetics (s) (noun) (a plural form used in the singular)
A branch of science that combines theories and studies in communication and regulation in living species and machines: Medical Cybernetics searches for descriptions of biological dynamics and investigates various connections in human biology, medical decision making, and information that can process structures in the human body.
medicament (s) (noun), medicaments (pl)
A healing substance or agent that is a remedy for illnesses.
A medicinal substance.
A medical quack or someone who dispenses false medical advice or treatment; a charlatan.
A female medicaster; a pretender to medical skill; a quack, a charlatan.
medicate (MED i kayt") (verb), medicates; medicating; medicated
1. To treat a disease with pharmaceutical drugs or prescriptions: Rebecca was so sick that her doctor had to medicate her so she could be healthy again.

Doctor Nelson wants to medicate James, her patient, with a different prescription because he apparently has developed a strange allergy to the other drug.

2. To include healing substances for treatment of an unhealthy condition: One of the shampoos that Erla has was medicated with a therapeutic chemical to prevent dandruff from developing on her head.
3. To chemically infuse a curative fluid with ingredients that improve one's bodily injuries: After falling on the ice and hurting herself badly, Lynn’s mother had to medicate her pains and bruises with a special ointment from the drug store.
1. Medicinal substance.
2. Treatment with remedies.
3. Impregnation with medicine.
4. The administration of remedies.

Varieties of medications

  • Hypodermic medication: Treatment by injection of medicine into the body through the skin, using a syringe and needle.
  • Intravenous medication: The injection of a sterile solution of a drug or an infusion into a vein.
  • Ionic medication: The introduction of ions of drugs into body tissue through the skin by means of electricity.
  • Sublingual medication: Treatment with an agent, usually in tablet form, placed under the tongue.
  • Substitutive medication: Medical therapy to cause a nonspecific inflammation to counteract a specific one.
An instrument for applying a medicine locally, especially within a body cavity; an applicator.