fe·​brif·​u·​gine | \ fə̇ˈbrifyəˌjēn, fēˈ-, -jə̇n \
plural -s

Definition of febrifugine

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

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History and Etymology for 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

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“Febrifugine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/febrifugine. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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