- any of certain compounds or medicines that neutralize or inhibit the effect of histamine in the body, used chiefly in the treatment of allergic disorders and colds.
Origin of antihistamine
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- any drug that neutralizes the effects of histamine, used esp in the treatment of allergies
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Word Origin and History for antihistamines
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- Any of several drugs used to counteract the physiological effects of histamine.
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- Any of various drugs that relieve cold or allergy symptoms by blocking the action of histamine.
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