anthelmintic

[ ant-hel-min-tik, an-thel- ]
/ ˌænt hɛlˈmɪn tɪk, ˌæn θɛl- /
Pharmacology

adjective

of or relating to a substance capable of destroying or eliminating parasitic worms, especially human intestinal helminths.

noun

any such substance.

Origin of anthelmintic

First recorded in 1675–85; ant- + helmint(h)ic
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British Dictionary definitions for anthelmintic

anthelmintic

anthelminthic (ˌænθɛlˈmɪnθɪk) or antihelminthic (ˌæntɪhelˈmɪnθɪk)

/ (ˌænθɛlˈmɪntɪk) /

noun

med another name for vermifuge
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Medicine definitions for anthelmintic

anthelmintic
[ ănt′hĕl-mĭntĭk, ăn′thĕl- ]

n.

An agent that destroys or causes the expulsion of parasitic intestinal worms.helminthagogue helminthic vermifuge

adj.

Acting to expel or destroy parasitic intestinal worms.
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