febrifuge

[ feb-ruh-fyooj ]
/ ˈfɛb rəˌfyudʒ /

adjective

serving to dispel or reduce fever, as a medicine.

noun

such a medicine or agent.
a cooling drink.

Origin of febrifuge

1680–90; < French < Late Latin febrifugia plant good for curing fever. See febri-, -fuge
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British Dictionary definitions for febrifuge

febrifuge
/ (ˈfɛbrɪˌfjuːdʒ) /

noun

any drug or agent for reducing fever

adjective

serving to reduce fever

Derived forms of febrifuge

febrifugal (fɪˈbrɪfjʊɡəl, ˌfɛbrɪˈfjuːɡəl), adjective

Word Origin for febrifuge

C17: from Medieval Latin febrifugia feverfew; see febri-, -fuge
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Medicine definitions for febrifuge

febrifuge
[ fĕbrə-fyōōj′ ]

n.

An agent that acts to reduce a fever; an antipyretic.

adj.

Acting to reduce fever.
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