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alexipharmic

[uh-lek-suh-fahr-mik]Medicine/Medical
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adjective
  1. warding off poisoning or infection; antidotal; prophylactic.
noun
  1. an alexipharmic agent, especially an internal antidote.

Origin of alexipharmic

1665–75; obsolete alexipharm(ac) antidote (< Greek alexiphármakon, equivalent to alexi- averter (see alexin) + phármakon poison, drug) + -ic; see pharmacy
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Historical Examples

  • The cooling regimen as it is called, was substituted for the alexipharmic, in so far as regards light clothing and cool air.

    North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826

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  • When the substance was in repute as a medicine of the "alexipharmic" kind, the supply naturally came up to the demand.


British Dictionary definitions for alexipharmic

alexipharmic

adjective
  1. acting as an antidote
noun
  1. an antidote

Word Origin

C17: from Greek alexipharmakon antidote, from alexein to avert + pharmakon drug
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