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alexipharmic

[ uh-lek-suh-fahr-mik ]
/ əˌlɛk səˈfɑr mɪk /
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adjective

warding off poisoning or infection; antidotal; prophylactic.

noun

an alexipharmic agent, especially an internal antidote.

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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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British Dictionary definitions for alexipharmic

alexipharmic
/ (əˌlɛksɪˈfɑːmɪk) med /

adjective

acting as an antidote

noun

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