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 Dictionary entry overview: What does medicinal drug mean? 

  The noun MEDICINAL DRUG has 1 sense:

1. (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

  Familiarity information: MEDICINAL DRUG used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1medicinal drug [BACK TO TOP]


(medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects


medicament; medication; medicinal drug; medicine

Hypernyms ("medicinal drug" is a kind of...):

drug (a substance that is used as a medicine or narcotic)

Meronyms (substance of "medicinal drug"):

physostigmine (used in treatment of Alzheimer's disease and glaucoma)

Domain category:

medical specialty; medicine (the branches of medical science that deal with nonsurgical techniques)

Domain member category:

prescription (available only with a doctor's written prescription)

nonprescription; over-the-counter (purchasable without a doctor's prescription)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "medicinal drug"):

Antabuse; disulfiram (a drug (trade name Antabuse) used in the treatment of alcoholism; causes nausea and vomiting if alcohol is ingested)

isoproterenol; Isuprel (drug (trade name Isuprel) used to treat bronchial asthma and to stimulate the heart)

Isordil; isosorbide (drug (trade name Isordil) used to treat angina pectoris and congestive heart failure)

lipid-lowering medication; lipid-lowering medicine; statin; statin drug (a medicine that lowers blood cholesterol levels by inhibiting HMG-CoA reductase)

Mecholyl; methacholine (parasympathomimetic drug (trademark Mecholyl) that stimulates secretions and smooth muscle activity)

nux vomica (a medicine made from the seeds of an Asiatic tree; contains strychnine and brucine; formerly used as a stimulant)

over-the-counter drug; over-the-counter medicine (a drug that is sold without a prescription)

oxytocic; oxytocic drug (a drug that induces labor by stimulating contractions of the muscles of the uterus)

camphorated tincture of opium; paregoric (medicine used to treat diarrhea)

inhalant; inhalation (a medication to be taken by inhaling it)

immune suppressant drug; immunosuppressant; immunosuppressive; immunosuppressive drug; immunosuppressor (a drug that lowers the body's normal immune response)

histamine blocker (a medicine used to treat the gastric effects of histamine in cases of peptic ulcers and gastritis and gastroesophageal reflux; works by blocking the effects of histamine on the receptor site known as H2)

dose (a measured portion of medicine taken at any one time)

Drixoral (the trade name for a drug used to treat upper respiratory congestion; it contains an antihistamine and a bronchodilator and a vasoconstrictor)

drug cocktail; HAART; highly active antiretroviral therapy (a combination of protease inhibitors taken with reverse transcriptase inhibitors; used in treating AIDS and HIV)

expectorant; expectorator (a medicine promoting expectoration)

fixed-combination drug (drug containing fixed amounts of two or more ingredients)

gemfibrozil; Lopid (medication (trade name Lopid) used to lower the levels of triglyceride in the blood)

haematinic; hematinic (a medicine that increases the hemoglobin content of the blood; used to treat iron-deficiency anemia)

herbal medicine (a medicine made from plants and used to prevent or treat disease or promote health)

patent medicine (medicine that is protected by a patent and available without a doctor's prescription)

Cuprimine; penicillamine (a drug (trade name Cuprimine) used to treat heavy metal poisoning and Wilson's disease and severe arthritis)

specific (a medicine that has a mitigating effect on a specific disease)

Carafate; sucralfate (medicine consisting of a tablet (trade name Carafate) used to treat peptic ulcers; said to bind to the ulcer site and coat it)

sudatory; sudorific (a medicine that causes or increases sweating)

suppository (a small plug of medication designed for insertion into the rectum or vagina where it melts)

tincture ((pharmacology) a medicine consisting of an extract in an alcohol solution)

restorative; tonic (a medicine that strengthens and invigorates)

tyrosine kinase inhibitor (a drug used in cases of chronic myeloid leukemia)

vermicide (an agent that kills worms (especially those in the intestines))

soothing syrup (medicine in the form of a syrup that has a calming effect)

depressant; downer; sedative; sedative drug (a drug that reduces excitability and calms a person)

rubefacient (a medicine for external application that produces redness of the skin)

Metrazol; pentamethylenetetrazol; pentylenetetrazol (a drug used as a circulatory and respiratory stimulant; larger doses cause convulsions in shock therapy; Metrazol is a trademark)

pharmaceutic; pharmaceutical (drug or medicine that is prepared or dispensed in pharmacies and used in medical treatment)

placebo (an innocuous or inert medication; given as a pacifier or to the control group in experiments on the efficacy of a drug)

powder (any of various cosmetic or medical preparations dispensed in the form of a pulverized powder)

ethical drug; prescription; prescription drug; prescription medicine (a drug that is available only with written instructions from a doctor or dentist to a pharmacist)

probenecid (a uricosuric drug that reduces the level of uric acid in the blood; used to treat gout)

aperient; cathartic; physic; purgative (a purging medicine; stimulates evacuation of the bowels)

curative; cure; remedy; therapeutic (a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain)

anthelminthic; anthelmintic; helminthic; vermifuge (a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms)

acyclovir; Zovirax (an oral antiviral drug (trade name Zovirax) used to treat genital herpes; does not cure the disease but relieves the symptoms)

antidepressant; antidepressant drug (any of a class of drugs used to treat depression; often have undesirable side effects)

antidiabetic; antidiabetic drug (a drug used to treat diabetes mellitus)

antidiarrheal; antidiarrheal drug (a drug used to control or stop diarrhea)

antidiuretic; antidiuretic drug (a drug that limits the formation of urine)

antiemetic; antiemetic drug (a drug that prevents or alleviates nausea and vomiting)

antihistamine (a medicine used to treat allergies and hypersensitive reactions and colds; works by counteracting the effects of histamine on a receptor site)

antihypertensive; antihypertensive drug (a drug that reduces high blood pressure)

anti-inflammatory; anti-inflammatory drug (a medicine intended to reduce inflammation)

anticonvulsant; anticonvulsant drug; antiepileptic; antiepileptic drug (a drug used to treat or prevent convulsions (as in epilepsy))

anticoagulant; anticoagulant medication; decoagulant (medicine that prevents or retards the clotting of blood)

anticholinesterase (a medicine that inhibits cholinesterase by combining with it and so has a cholinergic effect)

alendronate; Fosamax (a tablet (trade name Fosamax) prescribed to prevent or treat osteoporosis in women after menopause)

allopurinol; Zyloprim (a drug (trade name Zyloprim) used to treat gout and other conditions in which there is an excessive buildup of uric acid)

amrinone; Inocor (a drug (trade name Inocor) used intravenously in heart failure; increases strength of contraction of myocardium)

analgesic; anodyne; pain pill; painkiller (a medicine used to relieve pain)

angiogenesis inhibitor (a drug that is designed to prevent the growth of blood vessels that nourish tumors)

antiarrhythmic; antiarrhythmic drug; antiarrhythmic medication (a drug used to treat an abnormal heart rhythm)

antibacterial; antibacterial drug; bactericide (any drug that destroys bacteria or inhibits their growth)

anticholinergic; anticholinergic drug (a substance that opposes or blocks the action of acetylcholine)

antiprotozoal; antiprotozoal drug (a medicinal drug used to fight diseases (like malaria) that are caused by protozoa)

antipyretic; febrifuge (any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever)

carminative (medication that prevents the formation of gas in the alimentary tract or eases its passing)

Atromid-S; clofibrate (a drug (trade name Atromid-S) that reduces lipids in the blood serum; used to treat some cardiovascular diseases)

clopidogrel bisulfate; Plavix (a blood thinner (trade name Plavix) approved for the treatment of mild heart attacks; works by preventing blood platelets from sticking together to form clots that would restrict blood flow)

cold medicine (medicine intended to relieve the symptoms of the common cold)

counterirritant (a medicine applied locally to produce superficial inflammation in order to reduce deeper inflammation)

cytotoxic drug (any drug that has a toxic effect on cells; commonly used in chemotherapy to inhibit the proliferation of cancerous cells)

decongestant (a drug that decreases pulmonary congestion)

demulcent (a medication (in the form of an oil or salve etc.) that soothes inflamed or injured skin)

calcium blocker; calcium-channel blocker (any of a class of drugs that block the flow of the electrolyte calcium (either in nerve cell conduction or smooth muscle contraction of the heart); has been used in the treatment of angina or arrhythmia or hypertension or migraine)

bronchodilator (a drug that relaxes and dilates the bronchial passageways and improves the passages of air into the lungs)

blocker; blocking agent (a class of drugs that inhibit (block) some biological process)

antiseptic (a substance that destroys micro-organisms that carry disease without harming body tissues)

antispasmodic; antispasmodic agent; spasmolytic (a drug used to relieve or prevent spasms (especially of the smooth muscles))

antitussive (any medicine used to suppress or relieve coughing)

antiviral; antiviral agent; antiviral drug (any drug that destroys viruses)

APC (a drug combination found in some over-the-counter headache remedies (aspirin and phenacetin and caffeine))

astringent; astringent drug; styptic (a drug that causes contraction of body tissues and canals)

atomic cocktail (an oral dose of radioactive substance used in treatment and diagnosis of cancer)

azathioprine; Imuran (an immunosuppressive drug (trade name Imuran) used to prevent rejection of a transplanted organ)

diaphoretic (used to produce perspiration)

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