- serving to dispel or reduce fever, as a medicine.
- such a medicine or agent.
- a cooling drink.
Origin of febrifuge
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Diuretic, febrifuge, and refrigerant; one half to one ounce.Cattle and Their Diseases
Its medicinal use is secured from the bark employed as a febrifuge.Chats on Oriental China
J. F. Blacker
It has been much employed in Italy and on the Continent as a febrifuge.
It is sometimes given as a febrifuge, and as a remedy for cold in the head.
The bark is valuable as a tonic and febrifuge, and is also used for a kind of bitters.
- any drug or agent for reducing fever
- serving to reduce fever
C17: from Medieval Latin febrifugia feverfew; see febri-, -fuge
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Word Origin and History for febrifuge
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- An agent that acts to reduce a fever; an antipyretic.
- Acting to reduce fever.
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