noun an·ti·dote \ˈan-ti-ˌdōt\

: a substance that stops the harmful effects of a poison

: something that corrects or improves the bad effects of something

Full Definition of ANTIDOTE

:  a remedy to counteract the effects of poison
:  something that relieves, prevents, or counteracts <an antidote to boredom>
antidote transitive verb

Examples of ANTIDOTE

  1. There is no antidote to this poison.
  2. For him, racing motorcycles is a great antidote to boredom.

Origin of ANTIDOTE

Middle English antidot, from Latin antidotum, from Greek antidotos, from feminine of antidotos given as an antidote, from antididonai to give as an antidote, from anti- + didonai to give — more at date
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Pharmacology Terms

anodyne, cathartic, emetic, emollient, liniment, paregoric, poultice, purgative, soporific, spectrum
ANTIDOTE Defined for Kids


noun an·ti·dote \ˈan-ti-ˌdōt\

Definition of ANTIDOTE for Kids

:  something used to reverse or prevent the action of a poison
Medical Dictionary


noun an·ti·dote \ˈant-i-ˌdōt\

Medical Definition of ANTIDOTE

:  a remedy that counteracts the effects of poison


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