- serving to expel worms or other animal parasites from the intestines, as a medicine.
- a vermifuge medicine or agent.
Origin of vermifuge
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Examples from the Web for vermifuge
Ainslie states that the decoction is employed as a vermifuge and purgative.The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines
T. H. Pardo de Tavera
Its efficacy as a vermifuge is unquestioned; but it should be used with caution.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
The above are purgative and vermifuge, applied as frictions to the abdomen.
Reputed antispasmodic, emmenagogue, stimulant, and vermifuge.
As a medicine it is stimulant, diuretic, sudorific, and vermifuge.
- any drug or agent able to destroy or expel intestinal worms; an anthelmintic