mithridate

mithridate

[mith-ri-deyt]
noun Old Pharmacology.
a confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.

Origin:
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)
 
n
obsolete a substance believed to be an antidote to every poison and a cure for every disease
 
[C16: from Late Latin mithradatium, after Mithridates VI, alluding to his legendary immunity to poisons]

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