1. a medical student; also attrib.; thus (1940s+) med college, medical school; med business, medical business.
|Wexford Indep. 17 Sept. 3/2: There is no better mode of arriving at a hasty ‘kick out‘ from any respctable socity than that of stating you are a Medical Student. The host inquires ‘who is the chap with the imperial’. One of the invited whispers in confidence, ‘he’s a med’.|
|College Words (rev. edn) 312: med, medic. A name sometimes given to a student in medicine.|
|(con. 1840s–50s) London Labour and London Poor IV 248/2: Medical students are sometimes sweet on Liza, but [...] ‘Meds’ aint good for much; they’re larky young blokes, but they’ve never much money.|
|DA].Pennsylvania Stories 19: The Meds waited till the visitors were opposite them [|
|Bulletin (Sydney) 6 Sept. 13/1: A big surgeon [...] came to a lady-student’s ‘case,’ neatly bandaged. Removing the outer wrapping he discovered a rather dirty bandage, and demanded of the terrified lady ‘med.’ an explanation.|
|Good Deeds Must Be Punished 87: A sophomore pre-med.|
|(con. 1940s) Man Walking On Eggshells 158: Tack was taking a pre-med course.|
|Getting Straight 11: One of the med students was over him, listening with a stethoscope.|
|Geronimo Rex 253: I’ve been in med school.|
|Courier jrnl (Louisville, KY) 23 Dec. 9/6: Keyboard and guitar man Fred Caudill, one of the med students.|
|Turning Angel 88: This is Susan Salter, my med tech.|
2. a doctor.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 12 Oct. 3/2: And when years crowd round your carcase, and your soul gets old and brown, / Flout the med. whose vain remark is that your system’s ‘broken-down.’.|
|Letters from the Big House 39: Member saying to the med as how if I was balmy then I couldn’t have bread-and-water nor the pussy.|
|Return of the Hood 10: I had [...] the critical, anti-social personality that, according to the psycho meds, made such a deed possible.|
3. medicine; medication; usu. in pl.
|implied in med-man|
|Homeboy 263: They upped his meds today.|
|Permanent Midnight 205: By the time he left some of the meds kicked in.|
|Observer Screen 16 Jan. 19: The first programme begins in the psychosis unit and considers the tricky business of ‘meds’ or medication.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 165: No more hiding the meds, OK?|
|Running the Books 373: I need my meds, where are my meds.|
|City of Nightmares Part Two 3: The morning med was to mellow him out. The afternoon med was to keep him very calm. The night med was [...] to put him to sleep.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] He’s tried taking the meds but they make him...he calls it ‘neutral’.‘Killing Peacocks’ in|
|Happy Mutant Baby Pills 27: Haldol, for you non-antipsychotic meds takers, is the the granddaddy of ‘chemical chains’ [etc.].|
|‘Next Up?’ [lyrics] Bruck down a 9 in flake, and whip it in Zs / Let it dry then put it in pebs, cats them call for the meds [i.e. crack cocaine].|
4. medical school; also attrib.
|Bagombo Snuff Box (1999) 47: He went to med school.‘The Package’ in|
|Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz (1964) 169: Only three Jewish kids got into med in his year.|
|Tales (1969) 8: He’s in med school and married and lost to you, hombre.|
|Stand (1990) 669: If we had somebody from med school.|
|Pugilist at Rest 105: The English faculty had its med school counterparts.|
|Dreamcatcher 264: Henry recalled an offprint from med school.|
1. (US) a quack or a patent medicine seller.
|Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 128: Med Man. – In pitchman’s argot and at a fair or carnival a ‘medicine man’ or fake doctor; one who peddles proprietory remedies.|
2. a doctor [SE medicine man].
|Billboard 26 June 61: In England ...a med man is a crocus [HDAS].|
(US prison) controlled medication.
|Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July [Internet] Hot Meds: Controlled medications, including psychotropic medication or anti-depressants.|