1. such a medicine or agent.
  2. a cooling drink.

Origin of febrifuge

1680–90; < French < Late Latin febrifugia plant good for curing fever. See febri-, -fuge
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  1. any drug or agent for reducing fever
  1. serving to reduce fever
Derived Formsfebrifugal (fɪˈbrɪfjʊɡəl, ˌfɛbrɪˈfjuːɡəl), adjective

Word Origin for febrifuge

C17: from Medieval Latin febrifugia feverfew; see febri-, -fuge
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Word Origin and History for febrifuge

1680s, from French fébrifuge, literally "driving fever away," from Latin febris (see fever) + fugare "to put to flight" (see fugitive).

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febrifuge in Medicine


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