medicine-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: a drug

Commentary: Something designed to maintain or restore the body. Used as both a mass and a count noun. Includes most metaphoric usages.

Drug companies are developing new and revolutionary medicines every day.
I forgot to take my medicine today!
Medicine is getting more expensive for seniors.
Lowering interest rates will be a bitter medicine for the insurance industry to swallow.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 2 4

Sense Number 2: medical science, in general

Commentary: The branch of science that concerns maintaining and restoring the body.

The wonders of modern medicine allow humans to live longer than ever before.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 3: medical practices or professions

Commentary: Refers to the act of using medical techniques, usually as a profession. What you learn in medical school.

John's misconduct ended his career in medicine.
He studied medicine at Harvard.
Doctors in the Middle Ages didn't know much actual medicine.
I'm getting into medicine after graduation because the salaries are so high.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: punishment

Commentary: A specific metaphoric usage.

If you do the crime, you should be prepared to take the medicine.

WordNet 2.0 Sense Numbers: 4