[ uh-lek-suh-fahr-mik ]
/ əˌlɛk səˈfɑr mɪk /
warding off poisoning or infection; antidotal; prophylactic.
an alexipharmic agent, especially an internal antidote.
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Example sentences from the Web for alexipharmic
The cooling regimen as it is called, was substituted for the alexipharmic, in so far as regards light clothing and cool air.
When the substance was in repute as a medicine of the "alexipharmic" kind, the supply naturally came up to the demand.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia|Frank Evers Beddard
British Dictionary definitions for alexipharmic
/ (əˌlɛksɪˈfɑːmɪk) med /
acting as an antidote
Word Origin for alexipharmic
C17: from Greek alexipharmakon antidote, from alexein to avert + pharmakon drug
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