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A medication that reduces fever; an antipyretic.
Acting to reduce fever.

[Latin febris, fever + -fuge.]


(Medicine) any drug or agent for reducing fever
(Medicine) serving to reduce fever
[C17: from Medieval Latin febrifugia feverfew; see febri-, -fuge]
febrifugal adj


(ˈfɛb rəˌfyudʒ)
1. serving to reduce fever, as a medicine.
2. such a medicine or agent.
3. a cooling drink.
[1680–90; < French < Late Latin febrifugia plant for curing fever. See febri-, -fuge]


See also: Disease and Illness
anything for reducing or ending fever; an antiphlogistic; an antipyretic.
See also: Remedies
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.febrifuge - any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate feverfebrifuge - any medicine that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever
medicament, medication, medicinal drug, medicine - (medicine) something that treats or prevents or alleviates the symptoms of disease
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Oh, I can do better than that, friend Dick; for I can give you a febrifuge that won't cost any thing.
Barberry is a liver stimulant, antiseptic, cholagogue, alterative, hypotensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-haemorrhagic, anti-diarrhoeal, amoebicidal, febrifuge and bactericidal.
It has enormous beneficial effects to digestive system such as a laxative, intestinal lubricant, carminative, vomiting, colitis swell, febrifuge, digestive and tonic.
In Honduras, the extracted juice of the leaf, and root decoctions, are taken as a remedy for kidney troubles, pain and inflammations, as a febrifuge, for halting diarrhea, and against rheumatic pains (House et al.
Each part of the plant possesses variety of biological activities such as antibiotic, antifungal, antioxidant, antipyretic, antiproliferative, antiscorbutic, antiemetic, antiulcer, analgesic, astringent, cordial, digestive, diuretic, febrifuge, laxative, nutritive, odoriferous, restorative and stimulant.
Leaf and stem decoctions of the plant Teucrium mascatense are used in traditional Omani medicine as a febrifuge [Figure 1].
The bark from the tree can be used to treat diarrhea and lanzones fruit as febrifuge to help cure fever.
Spondias mombin contains active principles like alkaloids, resin, tannins and saporin (10) and is utilized in Nigeria to cure taenia, cough, wounds, purge, fever, yaws, diuretic and febrifuge.
lotus are used as a sedative, astringent, nutritive, antiseptic, anti-diabetic, antitumor, astringent, laxative, and nutritive as a febrifuge (Uddin et al.
The leaf decoction issued as febrifuge in Cote d'Ivoire and Nigeria and for the treatment of scorpion stings, gingivitis, urinary-tract infections, dysentery and diarrhea, as traditional fever remedies in Zimbabwe and for the treatment of cough in Tzeital Maya [8 ; 13].