from The Century Dictionary.

  • Acting as a means of warding off disease; acting as a remedy; prophylactic.
  • Having the power of warding off the effects of poison taken inwardly; antidotal.
  • noun An antidote to poison or infection, especially an internal antidote.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Med.) An antidote against poison or infection; a counterpoison.
  • adjective (Med.) Expelling or counteracting poison; antidotal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An antidote to poison.
  • adjective Acting against poison.


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From the Ancient Greek alexein ("to ward off") and pharmakon ("drug").



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  • usage note on antimonial.

    March 16, 2008

  • A Sea of Words: "Originally an antidote against poisons, but by the 18th century it had come to mean a medicine made iwth variable ingredients used primarily in fevers, that is, as a febrifuge." (p. 82)

    October 13, 2008

  • warding off poisioning or infection; antidotal; prophylac

    December 14, 2010

  • Misfortunes quite often are karmic -

    The evil we've done and the harm stick.

    We sicken at last

    From sins of the past

    But good deeds are alexipharmic.

    November 9, 2016