Definition of medical in US English:

medical

adjective

  • 1Relating to the science of medicine, or to the treatment of illness and injuries.

    ‘a medical center’
    ‘the medical profession’
    • ‘When he retired he wrote a book on medical science for lay people and prospective doctors.’
    • ‘The costs included the direct medical costs of health care within the programme and elsewhere.’
    • ‘For the medical profession, this included all doctors other than doctors in training.’
    • ‘The occasion was the examination in general practice for fifth year medical students.’
    • ‘The main threat to the Australian divisions, though, is not the medical profession.’
    • ‘Even when unable to work she maintained a keen interest in medical practice.’
    • ‘It is disappointing to see such views expressed by a psychiatrist in a respected medical journal.’
    • ‘Only two weeks ago he had a medical check-up which gave him a clean bill of health.’
    • ‘When I took her on as my patient, she made it clear that she did not hold the medical profession in high regard.’
    • ‘In the medical profession the stigma around mental illness has rarely been addressed.’
    • ‘I look forward to your cooperation in this new and progressive advance of medical science.’
    • ‘However, the medical practices committee is unlikely to allow an increase in our numbers.’
    • ‘This would lead to reduction in medical costs and improvement in health care.’
    • ‘This problem will permeate every aspect of medical research and practice in the future.’
    • ‘The hospital folder containing the old medical notes are kept in a trolley in the ward office.’
    • ‘If ever there were a flurry of activity in medical science, stem cells has to be it.’
    • ‘Our medical centre has expertise in skin cancer that could be of benefit to others.’
    • ‘Fortunately, advances in medical science mean this type of event is now less likely to be fatal.’
    • ‘The medical profession in the developed countries has a vital part to play in bringing this about.’
    • ‘The transplantation of organs is now an established part of medical practice.’
    technological, technical
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    1. 1.1 Relating to conditions requiring medical but not surgical treatment.
      ‘he was transferred for further treatment to a medical ward’
      • ‘I agreed to admit him to a side room on a general medical ward accompanied by a prison officer.’
      • ‘The new wards will also help the trust reduce the number of medical patients with a bed on a surgical or other ward.’
      • ‘Heart failure is the most common single cause of death in many hospital medical wards.’
      • ‘She was transferred to a medical ward after three days in the intensive therapy unit.’
      • ‘Some people will require admission on medical grounds or because of psychiatric risk.’
      • ‘When he was ready to be discharged to the medical ward I went to see him and his wife.’
      • ‘Mark was admitted to a medical ward and calmed down after being given medication.’
      • ‘He was discharged to a medical ward on day 22 still with some minor cognitive deficit.’
      • ‘Others choose the private sector and avoid the medical wards, as so little can be done.’
      • ‘One of my duties was to interview and examine patients newly admitted to the indigent medical ward.’
      • ‘The medical wards of hospitals admit the oldest and sickest people in our community.’
      • ‘Herr Ritter is a psychologist and therapist and his wife is a medical doctor.’
      • ‘Taking a medical or psychiatric history is time consuming and open to errors.’
      • ‘The wards which had to be closed were a mixture of general medical wards, orthopaedic and a stroke ward.’
      curative, healing, curing, remedial, therapeutic, restorative, corrective, health-giving
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Origin

Mid 17th century: via French from medieval Latin medicalis, from Latin medicus ‘physician’.

Pronunciation

medical

/ˈmɛdək(ə)l//ˈmedək(ə)l/