febrifugine

noun

fe·​brif·​u·​gine
fə̇ˈbrifyəˌjēn,
fēˈ-,
-jə̇n
plural -s
: a toxic emetic crystalline alkaloid C16H19N3O3 that is obtained from ch'ang shan and is a potent antimalarial

Word History

Etymology

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 14 Apr. 2024.

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