Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A medicine that expels intestinal worms.
  • adj. Causing expulsion of intestinal worms; anthelmintic.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Referring to something that acts as a drug to cause expulsion or death of intestinal worms.
  • n. A drug that causes the expulsion or death of intestinal worms, such as tapeworms.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A medicine or substance that expels worms from animal bodies; an anthelmintic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A remedy employed to effect the dislodgment and expulsion of intestinal worms.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medication capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms

Etymologies

c 1720, vermi- + -fuge, from Latin vermis ("worm") + fugere ("to cause to flee") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This has tonic and astringent properties, but is mainly prescribed as a vermifuge, which is one of the names given to it.

    The Fern Lover's Companion A Guide for the Northeastern States and Canada

  • The farmers can't afford the price of vaccination or vermifuge and their animals get sick and die.

    Insurrection of the Famished �� Causes and Possible Remedies of the World Hunger Crisis

  • In perfumery, however, any Fougère composition will have very little power for vermifuge purposes.

    Archive 2007-10-01

  • Mexican natural healers tout papaya seeds as remedies for menstrual, liver and spleen ailments, as well as being used as a vermifuge.

    Cooking with seeds: Semillas en la cocina

  • Grieve says it "is a good remedy for enfeebled digestion and debility," that it "will relieve melancholia and help to dispel the yellow hue of jaundice from the skin," that it acts as a diuretic, that it's a good vermifuge duh, and that it's a good "mental restorative."

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  • Taking a look at Carvacrol alone it is a compound that has been cited for over 28 effects, ranging from Anthelmintic vermifuge or a compound that removes parasitic worms, to an Antiseptic.

    Archive 2007-09-01

  • Thyme has many valuable properties including its use as a digestant, carminative (to get rid of gas), diuretic, vermifuge (to get rid of worms and parasites); but most important, it has antispasmodic and expectorant (to bring up phlegm) properties.

    THE NATURAL REMEDY BIBLE

  • The plants are used to make a decoction for the treatment of cirrhosis of the liver, dysentery, upset bowels, and also as a vermifuge.

    Chapter 7

  • It is also useful as a vermifuge and as an antiseptic.

    Chapter 7

  • It also has antidiuretic properties, and is also a vermifuge.

    Chapter 7

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  • In speculative fiction, I've seen this word applied to computer worms. In fact, I see it as a sort of trend. As computer tech gives way more to bio-tech there will be more and more wrods crossing over.

    August 19, 2009