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Related to cantharis: Cantharis vesicatoria


, gen.


, pl.


(kan'thar-is, kan-thar'i-dis, -dēz),
A dried beetle, Lytta (Cantharis) vesicatoria, used as a counterirritant and vesicant.
Synonym(s): Russian fly, Spanish fly
[L., fr. G. kantharis, a beetle]


[kan′thäris] pl. cantharides
Etymology: Gk, kantharis, beetle
the dried insect Cantharis vesicatoria, which contains cantharidin, formerly used as a topical vesicant to remove warts. It is used as an aphrodisiac. Also called Spanish fly.


A homeopathic remedy for acute cystitis, baldness, colic, tonsillitis, hypersexuality and emotional lability.
• Topical—Cantharis causes erythema, urticaria and vesiculation.
• Oral—GI irritation, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, cramping and collapse; as little as 60 mg of this highly nephrotoxic agent may be fatal; active component is cantharidin, a rubifacient.


A genus of beetles, C. vesicatoria, known as Spanish fly.
See: cantharides
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