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Medicine, subst. 1) a substance administered to cure a disease; physic: Sonn. 118, 11. Wiv. III, 3, 204. Meas. II, 2, 135. III, 1, 2. Ado I, 3, 13. V, 1, 24. Mids. III, 2, 264. As II, 7, 61. All's I, 3, 239. John V, 1, 15. H4B III, 1, 43. Troil. V, 10, 35. Rom. II, 3, 24. Mcb. IV, 3, 214 “(--s).” Hml. V, 2, 325. Lr. IV, 7, 27 (thy m. == that which may cure thee). Cymb. V, 5, 29. “gold preserving life in m. potable,” H4B IV, 5, 163 (cf. Gold).
2) any thing particularly operating on the human body or mind; poison: “sick, sick! If not, I'll ne'er trust m.” Lr. V, 3, 96. “work on, my m., work!” Oth. IV, 1, 46. a philter: “if the rascal have not given me --s, to make me love him,” H4A II, 2, 19. “I have drunk --s,” H4A II, 2, 19 “by spells and --s bought of mountebanks,” Oth. I, 3, 61. the philosopher's stone: “Plutus that knows the tinct and multiplying m.” All's V, 3, 102. “coming from him, that great m. hath with his tinct gilded thee,” Ant. I, 5, 36.
3) physician: “I have seen a m. that's able to breathe life into a stone,” All's II, 1, 75. “Camillo, preserver of my father, now of me, the m. of our house,” Wint. IV, 4, 598. “meet we the m. of the sickly weal, and with him pour we . . . each drop of us,” Mcb. V, 2, 27.
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