febrifuge

Definitions

  • 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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Etymology

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.

Usage

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
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