febrifugine

noun fe·brif·u·gine \fə̇ˈbrifyəˌjēn, fēˈ-, -jə̇n\

Definition of febrifugine

plural

-s

  1. :  a toxic emetic crystalline alkaloid C16H19N3O3 that is obtained from ch'ang shan and is a potent antimalarial

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Origin and Etymology of febrifugine

New Latin febrifuga (specific epithet of the ch'ang shan Dichroa febrifuga) (from feminine of—assumed—New Latin febrifugus, adjective, antipyretic, from—assumed—New Latin febrifuga, noun, antipyretic) + English -ine — more at febrifuge


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