remedy


remedy
remedy n Remedy, cure, medicine, medicament, medication, specific, physic are comparable when they mean something prescribed or used for the treatment of disease.
Remedy applies to a substance or treatment that is known or regarded as effective in bringing about recovery or restoration of health or the normal functioning of the body
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patent medicines and cold remedies

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a toothache remedy

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much has been written on the subject of fear and many inspirational and emotional remedies have been suggested— Reilly

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psychoanalysis as a remedy for mental ills

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Cure, more positive than remedy in implying complete recovery or restoration of health, is a common term to designate anything advocated as being or thought to be conducive to complete recovery
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the climate was advertised during the eighties as a cure for tuberculosis— Amer. Guide Series: Minn.

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reaching into the medicine cabinet for a cure for the baby— Reilly

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all current surgical intervention in mental disease is not proposed as a cure—Collier's Yr. Bk.

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Medicine is the ordinary term for a substance or preparation taken in-ternally in treating a disturbance of the normal functions of the body
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most medicines are alleviative in their action and not definitely curative— Morrison

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the witch doctor is there to give them some magic medicine to drink— Frazery

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Medicament and medication are general terms used especially by doctors and pharmacists for all medicinal substances and preparations whether taken internally or applied externally
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doctors admit that they can do more for their patients now that they do not have to worry about the size of their bills and the cost of medicamentsNew Statesman

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made the rounds of her five patients with a medicament of her own—a quart of Grandfather's best bonded bourbon— Maxwell

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Sometimes, however, medicament is applied specifically to a medicinal substance or compound that is the active ingredient of a remedy
{different medicaments may be added for specific types of ulcers: sulfanilamide for streptococci, ethyl aminobenzoate for painful ulcers— Science News Lettery and medication, to a compounded remedy containing one or more medicaments together with adjuvants (as flavoring agents and vehicles)
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ordinary cold cream or any similar medication—Fishbein

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Specific is applied to something, usually a drug, known to be effective in curing a specific disease
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var- ious rheumatism specifics containing cinchophen, found to have notably injurious effects on the liver— Encyc. Americana

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Physic is an old-fashioned equivalent of medicine
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his first revolt against authority took the form of refusing physic when he was ill— Repplier

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but in modern use it has specialized to become synonymous with purgative or cathartic.
remedy vb
1 *cure, heal
2 *correct, rectify, emend, amend, redress, reform, revise
Analogous words: *relieve, assuage, alleviate, lighten, mitigate: restore, *renew, refresh
Contrasted words: *intensify, aggravate, heighten

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