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

  • adj. Reducing or tending to reduce fever.
  • n. A medication that reduces fever.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That reduces fever; fever-reducing.
  • n. A pharmaceutical that reduces fever; a febrifuge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Efficacious in preventing or allaying fever.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In medicine, serving as a preventive of or remedy for pyrexia or fever; depressing an abnormally high temperature: as, the new antipyretic alkaloid.
  • n. A remedy for fever; an antifebrile.

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

  • adj. preventing or alleviating fever
  • n. any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever


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  • So great is the danger of such injurious results, few careful practitioners have cared to adopt the heroic "antipyretic" medication recommended by experimenters, preferring to allow their patients to burn with fever, mitigated only by such simple means as are commonly employed by nurses, than to require them to combat the poisonous influences of a drug in addition to the morbid element of the disease.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 455, September 20, 1884

  • Cinnamon also has a tremendous ability to act as an antipyretic, reducing fever in a manner similar to aspirin or Tylenol, without the negative side effects.

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  • Do it in planned stages if you will with liberal antipyretic cover, but vaccination may actually end up protecting the child more than will be the case if she/he is left to acquire the infections naturally.

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  • There was no doctor with the wagon train, so all they could do was cleanse the wounds in hope of preventing infection, and force an antipyretic down his throat to try and ward off a fever.

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  • In trials, positive results have been obtained for significant analgesic, antipyretic, and antiinflammatory effects.

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  • Neem may also be a ready source of low-cost analgesic (pain relieving), or antipyretic (fever-reducing) compounds.

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  • He opened his medicine case and mixed a simple antipyretic.

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  • It has been found, for example, that artificial quinine-like bodies, which fluoresce and give the green color with chlorine water and ammonia, have antipyretic properties like quinine, but their secondary effects are so pernicious as to prevent their use.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 623, December 10, 1887

  • In the second place, it is necessary that the antipyretic treatment, to reduce the fever, should not be foreign to the organism and should not be such as is not measurable in degrees as to its effects, or has any unpleasant accompanying effects or after-effects.

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