antiradical

adjective
an·​ti·​rad·​i·​cal | \ ˌan-tē-ˈra-di-kəl, ˌan-tī- How to pronounce antiradical (audio) \
variants: or anti-radical

Definition of antiradical

1 : opposed to or hostile toward radical movements or ideologies antiradical sentiment a time of antiradical hysteria in the country
2 medical : counteracting the harmful effects of free radicals on the body … employing antiradical agents to halt the neurological damage triggered by oxygen radicals after strokes or injuries to the head and spinal cord …— Linda Marsa

Other Words from antiradical

antiradicalism or anti-radicalism \ ˌan-​tē-​ˈra-​di-​kə-​ˌli-​zəm How to pronounce anti-radicalism (audio) , ˌan-​tī-​ \ noun
A similar form of conservative antiradicalism produced the Red Scare after the bombing of the home of Mitchell Palmer, the new attorney general in 1919 … — Barbara Franz

First Known Use of antiradical

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Antiradical.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiradical. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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antiradical

adjective
an·​ti·​rad·​i·​cal | \ -ˈrad-i-kəl How to pronounce antiradical (audio) \
variants: or anti-radical

Medical Definition of antiradical

: counteracting the harmful effects of free radicals on the body … others are employing antiradical agents to halt the neurological damage triggered by oxygen radicals after strokes or injuries to the head and spinal cord …— Linda Marsa, The Los Angeles Times, 28 Aug. 1989

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