mithridatism

[ mith-ri-dey-tiz-uh m ]
/ ˈmɪθ rɪˌdeɪ tɪz əm /

noun

the production of immunity against the action of a poison by taking the poison in gradually increased doses.

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Origin of mithridatism

1850–55; after Mithridates VI, said to have so immunized himself; see -ism

OTHER WORDS FROM mithridatism

mith·ri·dat·ic [mith-ri-dat-ik] /ˌmɪθ rɪˈdæt ɪk/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for mithridatism

mithridatism
/ (ˈmɪθrɪdeɪˌtɪzəm) /

noun

immunity to large doses of poison by prior ingestion of gradually increased doses

Derived forms of mithridatism

mithridatic (ˌmɪθrɪˈdætɪk, -ˈdeɪ-), adjective
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Medical definitions for mithridatism

mithridatism
[ mĭth′rĭ-dātĭz′əm ]

n.

Tolerance or immunity to a poison acquired by taking gradually larger doses of it.

Other words from mithridatism

mith′ri•datic (-dătĭk) adj.
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