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vermifuge

[ vur-muh-fyooj ]

adjective

  1. serving to expel worms or other animal parasites from the intestines, as a medicine.


noun

  1. a vermifuge medicine or agent.

vermifuge

/ ˌvɜːmɪˈfjuːɡəl; ˈvɜːmɪˌfjuːdʒ /

noun

  1. any drug or agent able to destroy or expel intestinal worms; an anthelmintic


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Derived Forms

  • vermifugal, adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of vermifuge1

First recorded in 1690–1700; vermi- + -fuge

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Example Sentences

A similar preparation is also made from coal-soot, which is reputed antispasmodic and vermifuge.

Vermifuge; either combined with or followed by a purge after the third or fourth dose.

The unripe fruit is very acrid, and its juice in tropical countries is used as a vermifuge.

A tincture of the pericarp has been made (1 part to 10 of alcohol) and given internally as a vermifuge in doses of 2–10 drops.

In India they give internally 6–12 grams as a vermifuge, and for dyspepsia with “heartburn.”

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