cantharis

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can·tha·ris

noun \ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs\
plural can·thar·i·des \kan-ˈthar-ə-ˌdēz\

Definition of CANTHARIS

1
:  spanish fly 1
2
plural but sing or plural in constr :  a preparation of dried beetles (as Spanish flies) used in medicine as a counterirritant and formerly as an aphrodisiac

Origin of CANTHARIS

Middle English & Latin; Middle English cantharide, from Latin cantharid-, cantharis, from Greek kantharid-, kantharis
First Known Use: 14th century

can·tha·ris

noun \ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural can·thar·i·des \kan-ˈthar-ə-ˌdēz\

Medical Definition of CANTHARIS

2
cantharides plural but singular or plural in construction : a preparation of dried beetles and especially Spanish flies that contains cantharidin and is used in medicine as a blister-producing agent and formerly as an aphrodisiac—called also Spanish fly

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