ver·​mi·​fuge | \ ˈvər-mə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce vermifuge (audio) \

Definition of vermifuge

: an agent that destroys or expels parasitic worms : anthelmintic

Examples of vermifuge in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In my experience, an eight-day, mono-diet goat-milk cleanse — accompanied by a specific vermifuge made of anti-parasitic herbs — is the most successful treatment. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "The 23 Most Ridiculous Moments in Goop History, Ranked," 24 Aug. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'vermifuge.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of vermifuge

1718, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vermifuge

borrowed from New Latin vermifuga, vermifugus, from vermi- vermi- + -fuga, -fugus -fuge

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about vermifuge

Time Traveler for vermifuge

Time Traveler

The first known use of vermifuge was in 1718

See more words from the same year

Statistics for vermifuge

Cite this Entry

“Vermifuge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for vermifuge


ver·​mi·​fuge | \ ˈvər-mə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce vermifuge (audio) \

Medical Definition of vermifuge

Comments on vermifuge

What made you want to look up vermifuge? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Namesakes Word Quiz

  • a citrus fruit possibly named after a person
  • Which of the following is a fruit named after a Moroccan seaport?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!