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an agent that counteracts a poison. adj., adj antido´tal.
chemical antidote one that interacts with a poison and changes its chemical nature to form a harmless substance.
mechanical antidote one that prevents absorption of the poison.
physiologic antidote one that counteracts the effects of the poison by producing opposing effects.
universal antidote a mixture formerly recommended as an antidote when the exact poison is not known. There is, in fact, no known universal antidote. Activated charcoal is now being used for many poisons.
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a substance that unites with a poison to form an innocuous chemical compound.
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chem·i·cal an·ti·dote(kem'i-kăl an'ti-dōt)
A substance that unites with a poison to form an innocuous chemical compound.
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