Definition of febrifuge in English:


Syllabification: feb·ri·fuge
Pronunciation: /ˈfebrəˌfyo͞oj


  • A medicine used to reduce fever.
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    • The leaves of bael are astringent, a laxative, a febrifuge and an expectorant and are useful in ophthalmia, deafness, inflammations, catarrh, diabetes and asthmatic complaints.
    • The traditional use of stem bark as a febrifuge in relapsing fevers was confirmed as an extract of stem bark reduced pyrexia in comparative biological tests.
    • Today garlic is still used as a febrifuge to assist fevers.



Pronunciation: /ˌfəbrəˈf(y)o͞ogəl/
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  • The bark is thought to be febrifugal and is used by West Indians to alleviate rheumatism.


late 17th century: from French fébrifuge, from Latin febris 'fever' + fugare 'drive away'. Compare with feverfew.

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