febrifuge

[feb-ruh-fyooj]
noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for febrifuge

febrifuge

noun
  1. any drug or agent for reducing fever
adjective
  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
n.

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

febrifuge

[fĕbrə-fyōōj′]
n.
  1. An agent that acts to reduce a fever; an antipyretic.
adj.
  1. Acting to reduce fever.
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