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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.
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1. Reducing fever. Synonym(s): antifebrile, febrifugal
2. An agent that reduces fever (for example, acetaminophen, aspirin). Synonym(s): febrifuge
[anti- + G. pyretos, fever]
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A medication that reduces fever; an antipyretic.
Acting to reduce fever.
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noun An older term for an agent which reduces fever; antipyretic.
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A substance that reduces fever.
[L. febris, fever, + fugo, to put to flight]
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Anything that reduces a fever. From Latin febris , fever and fugare , to drive away.
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A plant substance that acts to prevent or reduce fever.
Mentioned in: Echinacea
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Herbalists and homeopaths use this plant with great care; it has been found to be effective in cases of migraine, facial neuralgia, cramp, intermittent claudication (disabling lameness or spasmodic pain in the legs), coccydinia (pain in the tailbone), osteopathetic lesions, restlessness in children, and as a diaphoretic, a febrifuge, in cardiac arrhythmia, contracted pupils and circulatory excitement.
They are attributed to this plant's febrifuge, antispasmodic, diuretic, abortive, and analgesic properties against stomach and urinary problems, jaundice, ulcers and purgative, sedative, and insecticidal properties [21].
Many of these species have been used in traditional medicine to treat wounds, ulcerations, herpes, as antifungal, purgative and febrifuge (Nagem & Oliveira, 1997; Fuller, Westergaard, Collins, Cardellina, & Boyd, 1999).
It was also used as a uterine stimulant, febrifuge, and cure for insanity.
Traditionally its leaves and stem are used as febrifuge and vermifuge oil squeezed from its seeds has purgative action seeds in combination with roasted pepper are effective in cholera and roots possess anthelminthic activity (Kinghorn et al.
The essential oil of this genus used for taxonomic treatment used as a febrifuge and tonic and root as a cure for scorpion and snake bite.
root exhibits potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic and febrifuge effects in mice and rats," Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol.
The tribals of Bankura districts, West Bengal, India also use the plant as a febrifuge [65].
It is locally used as analgesic, febrifuge, narcotic, and purgative by local population.
Boneset is a stimulating febrifuge, which means it will induce perspiration.