Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A medication that reduces fever; an antipyretic.
  • adjective Acting to reduce fever.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Serving to dispel or reduce fever; alexipyretic.
  • noun Any medicine that reduces fever.

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

  • noun (Med.) A medicine serving to mitigate or remove fever.

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

  • noun An antipyretic (fever-reducing) medication.

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

  • noun any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever

Etymologies

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

[Latin febris, fever + –fuge.]

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From French fébrifuge, from Latin febris ("fever") + fugāre ("to drive away").

Examples

  • His mother evidently expected that both he and she herself would be relieved on the spot, but the Apothecary durst not be hopeful, though he gave the child a draught which he called a febrifuge, and which put him to sleep, and bade the lady take another of the like if she wished for a good night's rest.

    Grisly Grisell

  • -- The bark of the trunk is well known as a febrifuge and emmenagogue in India.

    The Medicinal Plants of the Philippines

  • The water in which it was dipped operated as a styptic, as a febrifuge, and possessed other properties as a medical talisman.

    The Talisman

  • ‘There is fever here, sister,’ she said; ‘Richard must call Ambrose, and we must send some of the febrifuge.’

    Redgauntlet

  • Italian, but could understand that the cordial was a febrifuge of some sort.

    The Woodlanders

  • “If before tomorrow morning we have not given him a more energetic febrifuge,” said the reporter, “Herbert will be dead.”

    The Mysterious Island

  • “If before tomorrow morning we have not given him a more energetic febrifuge,” said the reporter, “Herbert will be dead.”

    The Mysterious Island

  • It is certain that we have got the knowledge of the most potent febrifuge in our pharmacopoeia from the natives of another country.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • Mukundukundu: a decoction used as a febrifuge in the same way as quinine; it grows plentifully at Shupanga, and the wood is used as masts for launches.

    Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa

  • He still would take no food but had a little milk, and swallowed without protest another dose of my febrifuge.

    Drums of Autumn

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  • And there appeared to be no febrifuge against this double sickness, this interpenetrating fever of madness, where effect jostled cause in a wrong dimension and reality itself seemed euchred.

    - Malcolm Lowry, October Ferry to Gabriola

    July 30, 2008

  • There was a smell of ammonia, bay rum, rum, brandy, disinfectant, and a variety of febrifuges.

    - V.S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas

    September 10, 2008

  • Cinchona

    was often administered in cases in which it was inappropriate, for since it suppressed the fever of malaria, doctors were given to think of it as a general febrifuge, a drug that would lower fever in any disease.
    James C. Whorton, The Arsenic Century: How Victorian Britain Was Poisoned at Home, Work, and Play (New York: Oxford Univ. Press, 2010)

    December 26, 2015