- 1. Relating to medicine or the practice of medicine. SYN: medicinal (2). 2. SYN: medicinal (1). [L. medicalis, fr medicus, physician]
* * *med·i·cal 'med-i-kəl adj1) of, relating to, or concerned with physicians or the practice of medicine often as distinguished from surgery2) requiring or devoted to medical treatment <a \medical emergency>med·i·cal·ly -k(ə-)lē advmedical n a medical examination
* * *adj.1. of or relating to medicine, the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.2. of or relating to conditions that require the attention of a physician rather than a surgeon. For example, a medical ward of a hospital accommodates patients with such conditions.
* * *med·i·cal (medґĭ-kəl) pertaining to medicine or to the treatment of diseases; pertaining to medicine as opposed to surgery.
Medical dictionary. 2011.