Definition of medicament in English:



  • A substance used for medical treatment.

    • ‘The actual medicament that is said to be suitable for treatment is produced in the patient under the supervision of the medical team.’
    • ‘The amount of the medicament in her bloodstreams was 16 times toxic levels, and it looked as if a liver transplantation might be necessary, but no liver compatible with her age and size was to be found.’
    • ‘Three years ago the South African government proposed a clause in their Medicines Act which would authorise the manufacture of generic AIDS drugs and other medicaments in South Africa.’
    • ‘Use of a compound of claim 1 for preparing a medicament for treating inflammation or an inflammation-associated disorder.’
    • ‘This invention relates to a medicament for producing an anabolic or growth promoting state in a mammal.’
    • ‘While providing herbal and mineral medicaments, he also used psychosomatic medicine as well as what is today called spiritual healing.’
    • ‘Before beginning the omelette, she reached up to a top shelf, brought down a tin full of medicaments, took out a pill bottle, shook two into her hand, poured a glass of water, and brought them to Kirstie.’
    • ‘They are often used either as adornment, or as an ingredient in potions, unguents or medicaments when crushed into powder.’
    • ‘Physicians avoid prescribing a medicament on this special prescription, especially when it is expensive and health insurance companies are not willing to provide reimbursement for the treatment.’
    • ‘Not only was the existing market valuable and expanding, but there was a great potential for further expansion if a more acceptable medicament could be found and these facts were well-known.’
    • ‘Those of us who grew up after the war remember olive oil as something that came in tiny bottles from Boots and was used as some kind of medicament.’
    • ‘The medicament may then be incorporated into the ointment.’
    • ‘They have in the recent past included sugar, maize and maize seed, beef, stockfeed, cement, tobacco, some medicaments and cosmetics.’
    • ‘Yet some rather toxic metals, albeit in insoluble form, have been used as medicaments: Bismuth, for example, as an antacid.’
    • ‘An inhalation device is provided for inhalation of a powder medicament.’
    • ‘For example, prescription costs may be high if different medicaments are needed for different body sites, and patients need to know that prepayment certificates can reduce the costs of prescriptions.’
    • ‘It also paid for the supply of expensive medicaments until the end of the year.’
    • ‘The compound paroxetine is known and has been used in medicaments for treating, amongst other ailments, depression.’
    • ‘The well-known illegibility of the prescription scripts frequently makes it impossible for a curious patient even to guess at the nature of the medicament.’
    remedy, curative, medicine, medication, restorative, corrective, antidote, antiserum
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Late Middle English: via French from Latin medicamentum, from medicari (see medicate).