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anthelmintic

[ant-hel-min-tik, an-thel-] /ˌænt hɛlˈmɪn tɪk, ˌæn θɛl-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to a substance capable of destroying or eliminating parasitic worms, especially human intestinal helminths.
noun
2.
any such substance.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; ant- + helmint(h)ic
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British Dictionary definitions for anthelmintic

anthelmintic

/ˌænθɛlˈmɪntɪk/
noun
1.
(med) another name for vermifuge
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anthelmintic in Medicine

anthelmintic ant·hel·min·tic (ānt'hěl-mĭn'tĭk, ān'thěl-) or ant·hel·min·thic (-thĭk)
n.
An agent that destroys or causes the expulsion of parasitic intestinal worms. Also called helminthagogue, helminthic, vermifuge. adj.
Acting to expel or destroy parasitic intestinal worms.

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Encyclopedia Article for anthelmintic

any drug that acts against helminthic infections, i.e., those caused by parasitic worms. The term vermifuge is often applied to remedies used to remove intestinal worms; only rarely do the agents directly kill the parasites. No anthelmintic is completely effective, completely without toxic effect upon the host, or equally active against all worms.

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