theriaca

noun
the·​ri·​a·​ca | \ thi-ˈrī-ə-kə How to pronounce theriaca (audio) \

Definition of theriaca

: a mixture of many drugs and honey formerly held to be an antidote to poison

Other Words from theriaca

theriacal \ thi-​ˈrī-​ə-​kəl How to pronounce theriacal (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of theriaca

1562, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for theriaca

New Latin, from Latin, antidote against poison — more at treacle

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“Theriaca.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/theriaca. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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theriaca

noun
the·​ri·​a·​ca | \ thi-ˈrī-ə-kə How to pronounce theriaca (audio) \

Medical Definition of theriaca

: an antidote to poison consisting typically of about 70 drugs pulverized and reduced with honey to an electuary

called also Venice treacle

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