Saturday, July 2, 2011

Verbum Hodiernum: MEDICUS

Today's word is MEDICUS, and of course you can see the same Latin root in all kinds of English words like medical, medicine, and so on. Like the word amicus, the word medicus is actually an adjective and can be used as such (as in the phrase materia medica), but you will see it far more often substantively, referring to a "medical man," i.e. a physician or doctor.

Here are some examples of today's word in Latin sayings and proverbs; for more information, see the page at the Scala Sapientiae, which contains notes on some of the proverbs cited below, as well as additional proverbs:

Errores medicorum terra tegit.

Medice, cura te ipsum.

Medice, tibi ipsi medicus esto.

Medico male est, si nemini male est.

Modicus cibi, medicus sibi.

Morborum medicus omnium mors ultimus.

Non est opus valentibus medico, sed male habentibus.

Omnis doloris tempus fit medicus.

Plus a medico quam a morbo periculi.

Post mortem, medicus.

Sanus non eget medico, sed male habens.

Sermo irae medicus.

Tempus animae medicus.

Turba medicorum regem interfecit.

Medice, sana te ipsum.

Medicus curat, natura sanat.

Medici carnifices sub honesto nomine.

Aegroto mortuo, sero venit medicus.

Aliorum medicus, ipse ulceribus scates.

Abbati, medico, patronoque intima pande.

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