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Relating to or containing cantharides.


(kan-thar'i-dez) cantharis [Gr. kantharis, beetle, + eidos, form, shape]
Dried insects of the species Cantharis vesicatoria; poisonous if taken internally in large doses. It was formerly used externally as a counterirritant and vesicant, and internally for its supposed aphrodisiac effect. It is no longer used.
Synonym: Spanish flycantharidal (-thar'i-dal), adjective
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