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mithridate

[mith-ri-deyt] /ˈmɪθ rɪˌdeɪt/
noun, Old Pharmacology
1.
a confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; earlier mithridatum < Medieval Latin, variant of Late Latin mithridātium, noun use of neuter of Mithridātius, equivalent to Mithridāt(ēs) Mithridates VI (see mithridatism) + -ius -ious
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mithridate

/ˈmɪθrɪˌdeɪt/
noun
1.
(obsolete) a substance believed to be an antidote to every poison and a cure for every disease
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin mithradatium, after Mithridates VI, alluding to his legendary immunity to poisons
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Word Origin and History for mithridate
n.

"antidote against poison," from Medieval Latin mithridatum, from Late Latin mithridatium, neuter of Mithridatius "pertaining to Mithridates," king of Pontus, who made himself poison-proof.

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