- 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
Related Words for antidotalcorrective, therapeutic, curative, remedial, punitive, disciplinary, reformatory, restorative, palliative, antiseptic, curing, healthful, invigorating, soothing, tonic, wholesome, reformative, medicinal, alleviative, antidotal
Examples from the Web for antidotal
Historical Examples of 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 for antidote
"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.