an·​ti·​par·​a·​sit·​ic | \ ˌan-tē-ˌper-ə-ˈsi-tik How to pronounce antiparasitic (audio) , -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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Other Words from antiparasitic

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

Examples of antiparasitic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Science also found a handful of articles that uncritically cited an influential April preprint based on the same Surgisphere data set, which described the antiparasitic drug ivermectin as beneficial in critical COVID-19 cases. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, "Many scientists citing two scandalous COVID-19 papers ignore their retractions," 15 Jan. 2021 The investigators hope to test a long list of drugs, including the hepatitis C drug sofosbuvir, the antiparasitic drugs nitazoxanide and ivermectin, and colchicine, which is used to treat gout. Kai Kupferschmidt, Science | AAAS, "First-of-its-kind African trial tests common drugs to prevent severe COVID-19," 3 Dec. 2020 Benzimedazole, a chemical compound found in many antifungal and antiparasitic drugs that contains cancer-causing benzene, was released in a gas form, Meena said. Washington Post, "2 Indian workers killed in pharmaceutical plant’s gas leak," 30 June 2020 Watch your livestock: Antibiotics, antiparasitic medication, and even painkillers are being transferred from cows, pigs, and poultry to other insects and animals, wreaking havoc with wildlife worldwide. National Geographic, "What role do pesticides have in killing nature?," 12 Dec. 2019 Other contaminants usually go along for the ride, such as medications given to the livestock: antibiotics, antiparasitic medication, and even painkillers—which Whitescarver uses sparingly, and only on sick cows. Carrie Arnold, National Geographic, "Veterinary drugs are wreaking havoc on wildlife worldwide," 6 Dec. 2019 Pritt said the adult form is treated with an antiparasitic medication, but treatment for the larval form can be complex and depends on the location and stage of infection. The Washington Post,, "Surgeons opened her skull to remove a cancerous tumor. Instead, they found a tapeworm.," 6 June 2019 The woman had surgery to remove the tapeworm and was treated with the antiparasitic medication albendazole, the case report says. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Woman’s ‘Electric Shock’ Leg Pain Was Caused By a Parasite in Her Back," 2 Aug. 2018 The parasite is usually picked up by CT scan or MRI and treatment generally involves surgery and antiparasitic medication, the WHO says. Korin Miller, SELF, "This Woman’s ‘Electric Shock’ Leg Pain Was Caused By a Parasite in Her Back," 2 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of antiparasitic

1857, in the meaning defined above

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28 Jan 2021

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“Antiparasitic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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an·​ti·​par·​a·​sit·​ic | \ ˌant-i-ˌpar-ə-ˈsit-ik, ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antiparasitic (audio) \

Medical Definition of antiparasitic

: acting against parasites antiparasitic drugs

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