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  5  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Medicine  \Med"i*cine\,  n. 
  a  Among  the  North  American  Indians,  any  object  supposed 
  to  give  control  over  natural  or  magical  forces,  to  act 
  as  a  protective  charm,  or  to  cause  healing;  also 
  magical  power  itself  the  potency  which  a  charm, 
  token,  or  rite  is  supposed  to  exert. 
  The  North  American  Indian  boy  usually  took  as 
  his  medicine  the  first  animal  of  which  he 
  dreamed  during  the  long  and  solitary  fast  that 
  he  observed  at  puberty.  --F.  H. 
  b  Hence  a  similar  object  or  agency  among  other  savages. 
  2.  Short  for  {Medicine  man}. 
  3.  Intoxicating  liquor;  drink.  [Slang] 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Medicine  \Med"i*cine\,  v.  t. 
  To  give  medicine  to  to  affect  as  a  medicine  does  to  remedy; 
  to  cure.  ``Medicine  thee  to  that  sweet  sleep.''  --Shak. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Medicine  \Med"i*cine\,  n.  [L.  medicina  (sc.  ars),  fr  medicinus 
  medical,  fr  medicus:  cf  F.  m['e]decine.  See  {Medical}.] 
  1.  The  science  which  relates  to  the  prevention,  cure,  or 
  alleviation  of  disease. 
  2.  Any  substance  administered  in  the  treatment  of  disease;  a 
  remedial  agent;  a  remedy;  physic. 
  By  medicine,  life  may  be  prolonged.  --Shak. 
  3.  A  philter  or  love  potion.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  4.  [F.  m['e]decin.]  A  physician.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  {Medicine  bag},  a  charm;  --  so  called  among  the  North 
  American  Indians,  or  in  works  relating  to  them 
  {Medicine  man}  (among  the  North  American  Indians),  a  person 
  who  professes  to  cure  sickness,  drive  away  evil  spirits, 
  and  regulate  the  weather  by  the  arts  of  magic. 
  {Medicine  seal},  a  small  gem  or  paste  engraved  with  reversed 
  characters,  to  serve  as  a  seal.  Such  seals  were  used  by 
  Roman  physicians  to  stamp  the  names  of  their  medicines. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  the  branches  of  medical  science  that  deal  with  nonsurgical 
  2:  something  that  treats  or  prevents  or  alleviates  the  symptoms 
  of  disease  [syn:  {medication},  {medicament},  {medicinal 
  3:  the  learned  profession  that  is  mastered  by  graduate  training 
  in  a  medical  school  and  that  is  devoted  to  preventing  or 
  alleviating  or  curing  diseases  and  injuries;  "he  studied 
  medicine  at  Harvard"  [syn:  {practice  of  medicine}] 
  4:  punishment  for  one's  actions;  "you  have  to  face  the  music"; 
  "take  your  medicine"  [syn:  {music}] 
  v  :  treat  medicinally,  treat  with  medicine  [syn:  {medicate}] 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
  MEDICINE,  n.  A  stone  flung  down  the  Bowery  to  kill  a  dog  in  Broadway. 

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