an·ti·par·a·sit·ic | \ˌan-tē-ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik, -ˌpa-rə-, ˌan-tī-\
variants: or anti-parasitic

Definition of antiparasitic 

: acting against parasites : used or intended to kill, repel, or remove parasites antiparasitic drugs/medicine

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antiparasitic or anti-parasitic noun
Most consumer spending is still on traditional pet medications like antiparasitics — James Vlahos

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After removing the tapeworm, she was put on antiparasitic medication and fully recovered, according to Jacquier and Piroth. Lilly Price, USA TODAY, "Her legs were tingling. Then, doctors pulled a tapeworm out of her spine," 13 July 2018 From there, doctors will likely treat the infection with praziquantel, a very effective antiparasitic drug. Maria Masters,, "Every Question You Were Afraid to Ask About Tapeworms, Answered," 24 May 2018 One incident in particular tarnished much of the pharma industry: in 2015 the price of an antiparasitic drug, Daraprim, jumped from $13.50 to $750 per pill. The Economist, "Americans, tired of high-priced drugs, are fighting back," 10 May 2018 It was enacted in response to what supporters said were unjustified price increases for older drugs that are essential to patients’ health, such as Turing Pharmaceuticals’ 5000% increase in the price of the antiparasitic drug Daraprim in 2015. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Maryland Sued by Generic-Drug Trade Group Over New Pricing Law," 6 July 2017 Two antiparasitic drugs are available to treat infection, benznidazole and nifurtimox, both of which are almost 100% effective if given soon after infection, according to the WHO. Meera Senthilingam, CNN, "'Kissing bug' disease more deadly than thought," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of antiparasitic

1857, in the meaning defined above

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an·ti·par·a·sit·ic | \ˌant-i-ˌpar-ə-ˈsit-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- \

Medical Definition of antiparasitic 

: acting against parasites antiparasitic drugs

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