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2. an agent destructive to worms; examples include piperazine and hexylresorcinol for the roundworm Ascaris lumbricoides;quinacrine for tapeworms; oxytetracycline and emetine for protozoan infections such as amebic dysentery; and mebendazole for several different intestinal worms. Many anthelmintic drugs are toxic and should be given with care; the toxic effects of a specific drug should be known prior to administration and the patient observed carefully for such effects after the drug is given. Called also vermicide, and vermifuge
1. An agent that destroys or expels intestinal worms. Synonym(s): anthelminthic, antihelminthic, helminthagogue, helminthic (2) , helmintic (2) , vermifuge
2. Having the power to destroy or expel intestinal worms. Synonym(s): vermifugal
[anti- + G. helmins, worm]
1. vermifugal; destructive to worms.
anthelmintic(ănt′hĕl-mĭn′tĭk, ăn′thĕl-) also
Acting to expel or destroy parasitic intestinal worms.
An agent that destroys or causes the expulsion of parasitic intestinal worms.
Etymology: Gk, anti + helmins, against worms
1 pertaining to a substance that destroys or prevents the development of parasitic worms, such as filariae, flukes, hookworms, pinworms, roundworms, schistosomes, tapeworms, trichinae, and whipworms.
2 an anthelmintic drug. An anthelmintic may interfere with the parasites' carbohydrate metabolism, inhibit their respiratory enzymes, block their neuromuscular action, or render them susceptible to destruction by the host's macrophages. Drugs used in treating specific helmintic infections include piperazine, pyrantel pamoate, pyrvinium pamoate, mebendazole, niclosamide, hexylresorcinol, diethylcarbamazine, and thiabendazole.
1. An agent that destroys or expels intestinal worms.
2. Having the power to destroy or expel intestinal worms.
[anti- + G. helmins, worm]
anthelminticA drug used to kill or drive out parasitic worms from the intestines. From the Greek anti , against and elmins , a worm.
Anthelminthic (also spelled anthelmintic)
A type of drug or herbal preparation given to destroy parasitic worms or expel them from the body.
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adj/n eradicating intestinal worms.
n a drug that acts against parasitic worms, especially intestinal worms.
1. destructive to worms.
2. an agent destructive to worms. They are classified as antinematicidal, antitrematicidal, anticesticidal.
see under individual anthelmintics.
frequent dosing of animals, especially ruminants running at pasture, selectively retains worms with innate resistance to a particular anthelmintic. A population of resistant worms may result. The resistant worm population may be transmitted to other farms. Side resistance to other compounds in the same chemical group may occur. This is observed in the benzimidazole group of compounds and in the levamisole-morantel group.