English Vocabulary


medicinal or medical

Hello everybody,


in my today's English lesson I read: Olere used plants from the rainforest for medicinal purposes.
I know the word medical. (Medical purposes)
But not medicinal.
What's the difference please?

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  • Hello everybody,


    in my today's English lesson I read: Olere used plants from the rainforest for medicinal purposes.
    I know the word medical. (Medical purposes)
    But not medicinal.
    What's the difference please?
  • To my mind,


    medical refers to physicians, practicioners.
    To take a medical exam = to be examined by a physician
    Medical board = board of physicians


    medicinal means "of medicine (as remedy)"
    A medicinal plant
    A medicinal treatment
    Olere's purposes are to invent new medicines, so his purposes are medicinal.

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