Definition of antitussive in English:


Line breaks: anti|tus¦sive
Pronunciation: /ˌantiˈtʌsɪv


  • (Especially of a drug) used to prevent or relieve a cough.
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    • Little is known about the pathogenesis of this cough, which frequently proves resistant to conventional antitussive therapies.
    • The alkaloid was found to be devoid of analgesic properties but to possess central antitussive activity equal to that of codeine.
    • Syrup alone may act as a demulcent and provide antitussive action without side effects.


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  • An antitussive drug.
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    • Premedication generally consists of sedation, an anticholinergic agent, and an antitussive.
    • Do not take an antitussive if you are coughing up mucus.

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