antipyretic

[ an-tee-pahy-ret-ik, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn ti paɪˈrɛt ɪk, ˌæn taɪ- /
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adjective

checking or preventing fever.

noun

an antipyretic agent.

Nearby words

  1. antiprothrombin,
  2. antiproton,
  3. antipruritic,
  4. antipsychiatry,
  5. antipsychotic,
  6. antipyrine,
  7. antipyrotic,
  8. antiq.,
  9. antiquarian,
  10. antiquark

Origin of antipyretic

First recorded in 1675–85; anti- + pyretic

Related formsan·ti·py·re·sis [an-tee-pahy-ree-sis, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti paɪˈri sɪs, ˌæn taɪ-/, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for antipyretic

antipyretic

/ (ˌæntɪpaɪˈrɛtɪk) /

adjective

preventing or alleviating fever

noun

an antipyretic remedy or drug
Derived Formsantipyresis (ˌæntɪpaɪˈriːsɪs), noun

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Word Origin and History for antipyretic

antipyretic

"reducing fever; that which reduces fever," 1680s, from anti- + Greek pyretos "fever, burning heat," related to pyr "fire" (see fire (n.)) + -ic.

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Medicine definitions for antipyretic

antipyretic

[ ăn′tē-pī-rĕtĭk, ăn′tī- ]

n.

An agent that reduces or prevents fever.antifebrile antithermic

adj.

Reducing or preventing fever.
Related formsan′ti•py•resis (-rēsĭs) n.


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