- a medicine or other remedy for counteracting the effects of poison, disease, etc.
- something that prevents or counteracts injurious or unwanted effects: Good jobs are the best antidote to teenage crime.
- to counteract with an antidote: Medication was given to antidote the poison the child had swallowed.
Origin of antidote
Examples from the Web for antidotal
The woods might have been filled with antidotal remedies, and I have died in their midst.The Quadroon
Its juices were said to be antidotal to snake poisoning, and would also cure the opium habit.Alcohol: A Dangerous and Unnecessary Medicine, How and Why
Martha M. Allen
The knowledg of these antidotal Herbs they have learned from the Mounggoutia a kind of Ferret.
It is curious that among the non-venomous animals the rabbit's bile is the most powerful in antidotal properties.
Your letters would be antidotal, and thus, by a sort of mental allopathy, beneficial.The Jessica Letters: An Editor's Romance
Paul Elmer More
- med a drug or agent that counteracts or neutralizes the effects of a poison
- anything that counteracts or relieves a harmful or unwanted condition; remedy
Word Origin and History for antidotal
"remedy counteracting poison," 1510s (earlier in English as a Latin word), from Middle French antidot and directly from Latin antidotum "a remedy against poison," from Greek antidoton "given as a remedy," literally "given against," verbal adjective of antididonai "give in return," from anti- "against" + didonai "to give" (see date (n.1)). Cf. Middle English antidotarie "treatise on drugs or medicines" (c.1400).
- An agent used to neutralize or counteract the effects of a poison.
- A substance that counteracts the effects of a poison.