Definition of medicinal in English:

medicinal

adjective

  • 1(of a substance or plant) having healing properties:

    ‘medicinal herbs’
    • ‘Little is known about the status of toxic metals in these medicinal plants grown in polluted environments.’
    • ‘Twenty-seven percent of participants reported preoperative use of medicinal herbs.’
    • ‘Many chemical components in Chinese medicinal herbs have an antioxidant activity.’
    • ‘There was also a kind of illicit thrill that they were in some way medicinal too.’
    • ‘He attributed his enduring strength to the consumption of jamu, a medicinal drink of magical properties sold by street-hawkers.’
    • ‘It has also been demonstrated that a considerable number of Chinese medicinal herbs activate the immune system.’
    • ‘We started planting these medicinal plants 25 years ago organically.’
    • ‘Thus, the bioactivity of medicinal herbs is often underestimated.’
    • ‘Some party members are able to heal themselves by eating food, or others with medicinal herbs.’
    • ‘It is suggested that certain medicinal substances have positive pharmacological reactions.’
    • ‘The product range includes clothes, food articles, handicrafts and medicinal substances.’
    • ‘A lavishly illustrated 18th century book of medicinal herbs has been digitised and animated by the British Library.’
    • ‘Over the years, people appear to have become far more interested in growing and using both medicinal and culinary herbs.’
    • ‘The most impressive sections include the long list of medicinal herbs and plants.’
    • ‘Somewhere in my early teens my mother became interested in herbs and medicinal properties in plants.’
    • ‘While the majority of species are medicinal, other useful plants were also included.’
    • ‘A Victorian walled garden has been restored, which now contains western and eastern medicinal herbs, fruit, vegetables and flowers.’
    • ‘There she learned how to grow and process food and medicinal herbs.’
    • ‘Although the overwhelming majority of medicinal substances come from plants, some are derived from minerals and animals.’
    • ‘The majority use some of the many medicinal plants available in our biologically diverse region.’
    curative, healing, curing, remedial, therapeutic, restorative, corrective, health-giving
    medical, healthy
    sanative, analeptic, iatric
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    1. 1.1 Relating to medicines or drugs:
      ‘clary was once thought to have great medicinal value’
      • ‘Only a minute percentage of plants have turned out to be of medicinal value to humans.’
      • ‘People have known about the medicinal value of aloe for thousands of years.’
      • ‘As a medicinal chemist, what I'm interested in are new drug targets.’
      • ‘While I'm on the subject, I'll mention some details that will be familiar to my fellow medicinal chemists.’
      • ‘In this way, the weaker students can be assisted by the input from those who are fluent in medicinal chemistry and drug design.’
      • ‘If we are going to tackle the use of drug taking in sports, both enhancing and medicinal, it is the time to be open on all counts.’
      • ‘I can only speak for my own specialties, organic and medicinal chemistry.’
      • ‘What we must realise though is that cannabis, if legalised, would not have to be a social drug but could be legalised for medicinal purposes only.’
      • ‘The medicinal value of perfume was also questioned.’
      • ‘Cholesterol-lowering drugs for one, and plain old aspirin for another, are two drugs with proven medicinal value of a high order.’
      • ‘She justifies her drug use as partly medicinal, but she is sinking back into previous behaviors that led her to almost end her life.’
      • ‘If you've ever taken a prescription drug and felt better afterward, you can thank a medicinal chemist.’
      • ‘It was originally used as an aid in therapy but has no formal medicinal uses and is now illegally made as a recreational drug.’
      • ‘Holmes said that this is just one of a growing number of studies showing how commonly used ‘natural products’ may contain chemicals of medicinal value.’
      • ‘He lists and describes the dietetic and medicinal uses of 81 drugs, citing their Arabic and Persian derivations.’
      • ‘Not much is known about the medicinal properties of the plant.’
      • ‘A small amount is used legally to make these drugs for medicinal use.’
      • ‘These are all researched for possible medicinal, edible etc. uses.’
      • ‘Each of these species has a high medicinal value.’
      • ‘The monks taught that grapes had medicinal value.’

noun

  • A medicinal substance:

    ‘we reviewed the literature about their use as medicinals’
    • ‘Homesick colonists brought their favorite flowers, medicinals, and edibles from the Old World.’
    • ‘Whether you're an experienced gardener or just getting started, there are some medicinals that are so easy to grow that they are almost guaranteed to be a success.’
    • ‘On the return examination after taking the above medicinals, the lesions on the head and face were still apparent but the itching sensation was markedly diminished.’
    • ‘Alchemy in other parts of the world, in particular India and China, has been associated mainly with the development of medicinals.’
    • ‘I am not well trained in the use of internal Chinese medicinals and rarely use them in my practice.’
    • ‘Since the late 1970s, increasing work has focused primarily on human hair analysis for illicit psychoactives and medicinals.’
    • ‘Licorice resolves toxins and harmonizes the other medicinals.’
    • ‘The European Renaissance population was increasingly urbanized and divorced from traditional folk remedies, allowing caffeine beverages to be introduced as exotic medicinals.’
    • ‘In 1690 an area for the cultivation of medicinal plants was set up in nearby Fort Saint Elmo, and the crops would no doubt have been used to make ointments and medicinals.’
    • ‘It is used to improve solution stability, reduce the crystallization effect of syrups, as well as to enhance the palatability of these medicinals.’
    • ‘Hoss thumped down the stairs, his arms full of extra clothes for Adam and a large bag of medicinals.’
    • ‘Many of these formulas are unique, and Dr. Liu has some very interesting insights on certain, less frequently used medicinals which he liked to use all the time.’
    • ‘From 1986-1991, the authors treated 21 cases using Chinese medicinals which clear heat and quicken the blood with entirely satisfactory results.’
    • ‘It is a potent plant medicinal, useful for digestive conditions, viral illness, and fevers.’
    • ‘As a result, you can grow herbs, greens, medicinals, bulbs, and flowers on one spiral.’
    • ‘Herbal medicinals are being used by an increasing number of patients who typically do not advise their clinicians of concomitant use.’
    • ‘Their offerings run the whole spectrum, edibles, medicinals, but most important from a cottage industry perspective, the body care and cosmetic market.’
    • ‘We also see some chronic opium users, since opium was often the only effective medicinal for rural populations in parts of Southeast Asia.’
    • ‘She went back to searching through her box of medicinals and didn't see the look of fury on the collie's face.’
    • ‘With regard to the Chinese medicinals mentioned above, the situation is complex.’
    medication, medicament, remedy, cure, nostrum, patent medicine, quack remedy, panacea, cure-all, placebo, drug, prescription, dose, treatment
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin medicinalis, from medicina (see medicine).

Pronunciation:

medicinal

/mɪˈdɪsɪn(ə)l/