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cantharis

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noun can·tha·ris \ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs\

Definition of cantharis

plural

cantharides

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  1. 1 :  spanish fly 1

  2. 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 and Etymology of cantharis

Middle English & Latin; Middle English cantharide, from Latin cantharid-, cantharis, from Greek kantharid-, kantharis


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

cantharis

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noun can·tha·ris \ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs\

Medical Definition of cantharis

plural

cantharides

\kan-ˈthar-ə-ˌdēz\play
  1. 1:  spanish fly 1

  2. 2cantharides 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




Cantharis

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noun Can·tha·ris \ˈkan(t)-thə-rəs\

Medical Definition of Cantharis

taxonomic synonym of lytta


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