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Graphical significance and origin[edit]

I think this description given for this character's origin is inaccurate. I believe the character is actually a 形聲字 (a phonetic compound character), with the lower portion representing alcohol as an anesthetic, as was stated, but with the upper portion representing the phonetic complement , as well as a secondary semantic meaning of an bad or ill sound. 殹 is an old character that represented the sound of an arrow striking something (arrows in a quiver + strike). 醫 (): 酉 (alcohol) + 殹 (/ill sound). User:LeeWilson 04:33, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

You should discuss it with User_talk:A-cai, our resident Chinese expert. —Stephen 05:32, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

I agree with the above assessment. I think the misunderstanding here comes from a misreading of an English definition. could be defined as chest in the sense of box, case, or basket. does NOT mean chest in the sense of the upper torso of a person. I wrote a new version (along with citations), please feel free to edit for readability:


  1. ^ on-line dictionary etymology of 醫
  2. ^ 漢語大字典 hànyǔ dà zìdiǎn, ISBN 9578134789

A-cai 07:57, 21 July 2006 (UTC)