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

  • adj. Capable of relieving or suppressing coughing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cough suppressant or a drug that inhibits coughing.
  • adj. Having cough suppressant abilities.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having ability to to suppress or relieve coughing; -- of chemical substances.
  • n. a medicament used to suppress or relieve coughing; an antitussive substance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preventing or relieving cough.
  • n. Any agent which possesses this property.

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

  • n. any medicine used to suppress or relieve coughing


anti- + Latin tussis, cough; see tussis + -ive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
anti- (adjective prefix) + Latin tussis (cough) + -ive (adjective suffix) (Wiktionary)


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  • Do not give antitussive medicines: expensive and sometimes dangerous.

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