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 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 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

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First Known Use of antiparasitic

1857, in the meaning defined above

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30 Dec 2019

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“Antiparasitic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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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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