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 [an″te-, an″ti-pi-ret´ik]
1. effective against fever; called also antifebrile.
2. something having this effect, such as a cold pack, aspirin, or quinine; antipyretic drugs dilate the blood vessels near the surface of the skin, thereby allowing more blood to flow through the skin, where it can be cooled by the air. An antipyretic can also increase perspiration, the evaporation of which cools the body. Called also febricide and febrifuge.


1. Reducing fever. Synonym(s): antifebrile, febrifugal
2. An agent that reduces fever (for example, acetaminophen, aspirin). Synonym(s): febrifuge
[anti- + G. pyretos, fever]


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



noun An older term for an agent which reduces fever; antipyretic.


A substance that reduces fever.
[L. febris, fever, + fugo, to put to flight]


Anything that reduces a fever. From Latin febris , fever and fugare , to drive away.


A plant substance that acts to prevent or reduce fever.
Mentioned in: Echinacea


n temperature-reducing aid. See also antipyretic.


an agent that reduces body temperature in fever; antipyretic.
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Ground to a powder and taken as an infusion, the bark of the Cinchona tree was a powerful febrifuge, or fever treatment.
Used since the time of Dioscorides as a febrifuge (hence its common name), Tanacetum parthenium has been favored by herbalists such as Nicholas Culpeper, who advised placing bruised leaves on the head to relieve pain.
The recent rise in long-term interest rates appears to be just the febrifuge needed to trigger an increase in the sale of fixed annuities and confirms that our previous dacrygelosis and comments about a difficult sales environment was not simply a fimblefamble.
It was also used as a uterine stimulant, febrifuge, and cure for insanity.
Boneset is a stimulating febrifuge, which means it will induce perspiration.