• WordNet 3.6
    • n febrifuge any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Febrifuge (Med) A medicine serving to mitigate or remove fever.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • febrifuge Serving to dispel or reduce fever; alexipyretic.
    • n febrifuge Any medicine that reduces fever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Febrifuge feb′ri-fūj a medicine for removing fever
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. febris, fever + fugare, to put to flight, from fugere, to flee: cf. F. fébrifuge,. see Febrile Feverfew
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. febris, fever, fugāre, to put to flight.


In literature:

She knew but little Italian, but could understand that the cordial was a febrifuge of some sort.
"The Woodlanders" by Thomas Hardy
It is certain that we have got the knowledge of the most potent febrifuge in our pharmacopoeia from the natives of another country.
"Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa" by David Livingstone
And by and by Santa goes to sleep; and Doc feels her forehead; and he says to me: 'You're not such a bad febrifuge.
"Heart of the West" by O. Henry
Lucy unloaded her jellies and her febrifuges, Mr. Crawley frowning at her bitterly the while.
"Framley Parsonage" by Anthony Trollope
The thought is a febrifuge, a sudorific!
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Suitable febrifuges should be administered, either in the shape of a dose of physic, or salines and liq.
"Diseases of the Horse's Foot" by Harry Caulton Reeks
One medical innovation, the use of quinine as a febrifuge, has secured universal approbation.
"Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official" by William Sleeman
If he wanted a febrifuge he had to send to Peru.
"Creative Chemistry" by Edwin E. Slosson
This is a very valuable shrub; the twigs are used for fuel, and the yellow buds as a febrifuge.
"The Andes and the Amazon" by James Orton
The stout stem is bitter and has tonic and febrifuge properties.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3" by Various
Accustomed to the febrifuge at certain hours, he drank it off in haste, that he might renew his dreaming happiness.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
When much fever exists febrifuges and diuretics should be given.
"Prairie Farmer, Vol. 56: No. 3, January 19, 1884." by Various
M. de Beauvan begs you to send me a febrifuge for him.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern — Volume 11" by Various
In the early stages give a febrifuge to reduce the fever, as directed for pneumonia.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
She approved of the hot foot-bath, but insisted on my taking a febrifuge.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
The bark is valuable as a tonic and febrifuge, and is also used for a kind of bitters.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
The bark is of some value as a tonic and febrifuge.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
The tree which produces this valuable febrifuge belongs to the same family as the coffee plant.
"Equatorial America" by Maturin M. Ballou
Its febrifuge action is well-known in our country.
"New, Old, and Forgotten Remedies: Papers by Many Writers" by Various
No more need of febrifuges.
"My Lady Rotha" by Stanley J. Weyman