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antidote

 [an´tĭ-dōt]
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.

u·ni·ver·sal an·ti·dote

a dated mixture of two parts activated charcoal, one part tannic acid, and one part magnesium oxide intended to be administered to patients who consumed poison. The mixture is ineffective and no longer used; activated charcoal is useful.

universal antidote

Etymology: L, universus, whole world; Gk, anti, against, dotos, something given
a mixture of 50% activated charcoal, 25% magnesium oxide, and 25% tannic acid, formerly thought to be useful as an antidote for most types of acid, heavy metal, alkaloid, and glycoside poisons. It is now believed that the mixture is no more effective than activated charcoal given with water.

antidote

an agent that counteracts a poison.

chemical antidote
one that neutralizes the poison by changing its chemical nature.
mechanical antidote
one that prevents absorption of the poison.
physiological 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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