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doctor | drug |

As nouns the difference between doctor and drug

is that doctor is while drug is (pharmacology) a substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose or drug can be (obsolete) a drudge.

As a verb drug is

to administer intoxicating drugs to, generally without the recipient's knowledge or consent or drug can be (drag).



Alternative forms

* doctour (obsolete)


(en noun)
  • A physician; a member of the medical]] profession; one who is trained and licensed to heal the sick. The final examination and qualification may award a doctor degree in which case the post-nominal letters are , DMD, DDS, DPT, DC, in the US or MBBS in the UK.
  • If you still feel unwell tomorrow, see your doctor .
  • * Shakespeare
  • By medicine life may be prolonged, yet death / Will seize the doctor too.
  • A person who has attained a doctorate, such as a or one of many other terminal degrees conferred by a college or university.
  • A veterinarian; a medical practitioner who treats animals.
  • (A nickname for) a person who has special knowledge or talents to manipulate or arrange transactions.
  • (obsolete) A teacher; one skilled in a profession or a branch of knowledge; a learned man.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • one of the doctors of Italy, Nicholas Macciavel
  • (dated) Any mechanical contrivance intended to remedy a difficulty or serve some purpose in an exigency.
  • the doctor of a calico-printing machine, which is a knife to remove superfluous colouring matter
    the doctor , or auxiliary engine, also called "donkey engine"
  • * 2010 , Ramesh Bangia, Dictionary of Information Technology (page 172)
  • The use of a disk doctor may be the only way of recovering valuable data following a disk crash.
  • A fish, the friar skate.
  • Usage notes

    * Doctor is capitalized when used as a title: *: Doctor Smith


    * (physician) doc (informal), family doctor, general practitioner, GP (UK), medic, physician, sawbones (slang), surgeon (who undertakes surgery ) * (veterinarian) vet, veterinarian, veterinary, veterinary surgeon

    Derived terms

    See also'' Types of academic doctor ''below * an apple a day keeps the doctor away * Angelic Doctor * barefoot doctor * the Cape Doctor * cleaning-doctor * color-doctor, colour-doctor * bedoctor * clown doctor * company doctor * couch doctor * dedoctor * doc * doctoral * doctor-assisted suicide * doctor blade * doctor-box * doctordom * doctoress, doctress * doctor-fish * doctor-gum * doctorhead, doctorhood * doctorish * doctorishness * doctorism * doctorise, doctorize * doctorless * doctorly * Doctor Martens * Doctor of Divinity * Doctor of Law * Doctor of Letters * Doctor of Philosophy * Doctor of Science * Doctor of the Chair * Doctor of Veterinary Medicine * Doctors' Commons * doctor's curse * doctor's gum * doctor-shears * doctorship * doctor's orders * the Doctors of the Church * doctorspeak * doctor's stuff, doctor-stuff * Dr, * family doctor * flying doctor * the Fremantle Doctor * herb doctor * horse-doctor * just what the doctor ordered, what the doctor ordered * lint-doctor * mad-doctor * paradoctor * quack doctor * rain-doctor * saw doctor * school doctor * snake doctor * spin doctor * under-doctor * underdoctored * under the doctor * undoctor * undoctored * water-doctor * witch doctor * woman doctor * you are the doctor, you're the doctor


    (en verb)
  • To act as a medical doctor to.
  • Her children doctored her back to health.
  • To make (someone) into an (academic) doctor; to confer a doctorate upon.
  • To physically alter (medically or surgically) a living being in order to change growth or behavior.
  • They doctored their apple trees by vigorous pruning, and now the dwarfed trees are easier to pick.
    We may legally doctor a pet to reduce its libido.
  • To genetically alter an extant species.
  • ''Mendel's discoveries showed how the evolution of a species may be doctored .
  • To alter or make obscure, as with the intention to deceive, especially a document.
  • To doctor the signature of an instrument with intent to defraud is an example of forgery.

    See also

    * doctorand * * surgeon


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    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • (pharmacology) A substance used to treat an illness, relieve a symptom, or modify a chemical process in the body for a specific purpose.
  • Aspirin is a drug that reduces pain, acts against inflammation and lowers body temperature.
    The revenues from both brand-name drugs''' and generic '''drugs have increased.
  • * Milton
  • whence merchants bring their spicy drugs
  • A psychoactive substance, especially one which is illegal and addictive, ingested for recreational use, such as cocaine.
  • * 1971 , , Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas , Harper Perennial 2005 edition, page 3:
  • We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.
  • * March 1991 , unknown student, "Antihero opinion", SPIN , page 70:
  • You have a twelve-year-old kid being told from the time he's like five years old that all drugs are bad, they're going to screw you up, don't try them. Just say no. Then they try pot.
  • * 2005 , Thomas Brent Andrews, The Pot Plan: Louie B. Stumblin and the War on Drugs , Chronic Discontent Books, ISBN 0976705605, page 19:
  • The only thing working against the poor Drug' Abuse Resistance Officer is high-school students. ... He'd offer his simple lesson: '''Drugs''' are bad, people who use ' drugs are bad, and abstinence is the only answer.
  • Anything, such as a substance, emotion or action, to which one is addicted.
  • * 2005 , Jack Haas, Om, Baby! : a Pilgrimage to the Eternal Self , page 8:
  • Inspiration is my drug'. Such things as spirituality, booze, travel, psychedelics, contemplation, music, dance, laughter, wilderness, and ribaldry — these have simply been the different forms of the ' drug of inspiration for which I have had great need
  • * 2009 , Niki Flynn, Dances with Werewolves , page 8:
  • Fear was my drug of choice. I thrived on scary movies, ghost stories and rollercoasters. I dreamed of playing the last girl left alive in a slasher film — the one who screams herself hoarse as she discovers her friends' bodies one by one.
  • * 2010', Kesha Rose Sebert (Ke$ha), with Pebe Sebert and Joshua Coleman (Ammo), ''Your Love Is My '''Drug
  • * 2011 , Joslyn Shy, Introducing the Truth , page 5:
  • The truth is...eating is my drug . When I am upset, I eat...when I am sad, I eat...when I am happy, I eat.
  • Any commodity that lies on hand, or is not salable; an article of slow sale, or in no demand.
  • * Fielding
  • But sermons are mere drugs .
  • * Dryden
  • And virtue shall a drug become.
    Usage notes
    * Adjectives often used with "drug": dangerous, illicit, illegal, psychoactive, generic, hard, veterinary, recreational
    * See also
    Derived terms
    * antidrug * blockbuster drug * club drug * counterdrug * date rape drug * designer drug * disease modifying drug * dissociative drug * do drugs * drug abuse * drug addict * drug baron * drug dealer * drug dog * drug of choice * drug on the market * drug test * drug-ridden * drugfree * druggist * druggie * drugless * druglord * drugstore * drugtaker * drugtaking * druggy * fertility drug * gateway drug * love drug * multidrug * nondrug * on drugs * orphan drug * polydrug * postdrug * prescription drug * prodrug * recreational drug * small molecule drug * street drug * wonderdrug


  • To administer intoxicating drugs to, generally without the recipient's knowledge or consent.
  • She suddenly felt strange, and only then realized she'd been drugged .
  • To add intoxicating drugs to with the intention of drugging someone.
  • She suddenly felt strange. She realized her drink must have been drugged .
  • To prescribe or administer drugs or medicines.
  • (Ben Jonson)

    Etymology 2

    Germanic ablaut formation, cognate with (etyl) droeg, (etyl) trug, (etyl) drog, (etyl) .


  • (drag)
  • You look like someone drug you behind a horse for half a mile.
  • * 2005 , Diane Wilson, An Unreasonable Woman: A True Story of Shrimpers (ISBN 1603580417), page 193:
  • When Blackburn called, I drug the telephone cord twenty feet out of the office and sat on the cord while I talked with him.
    Usage notes
    * Random House says that and Oxford make no mention of this word.

    Etymology 3


    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A drudge.
  • * William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens
  • Hadst thou, like us from our first swath, proceeded / The sweet degrees that this brief world affords / To such as may the passive drugs of it / Freely command, thou wouldst have plunged thyself / In general riot