antihistamine

[ an-ti-his-tuh-meen, -min ]
/ ˌæn tɪˈhɪs təˌmin, -mɪn /

noun Physiology, Pharmacology.

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.

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Origin of antihistamine

First recorded in 1930–35; anti- + histamine
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British Dictionary definitions for antihistamine

antihistamine
/ (ˌæntɪˈhɪstəˌmiːn, -mɪn) /

noun

any drug that neutralizes the effects of histamine, used esp in the treatment of allergies
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Medical definitions for antihistamine

antihistamine
[ ăn′tē-hĭstə-mēn′, -mĭn ]

n.

Any of several drugs used to counteract the physiological effects of histamine.

Other words from antihistamine

an′ti•hista•mine′ adj.
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Scientific definitions for antihistamine

antihistamine
[ ăn′tē-hĭstə-mēn′ ]

Any of various drugs that relieve cold or allergy symptoms by blocking the action of histamine.
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