ver·​mi·​fuge ˈvər-mə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce vermifuge (audio)
: an agent that destroys or expels parasitic worms : anthelmintic

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Purslane, which the Cherokee used as a vermifuge because its scarlet stalks looked vaguely wormlike, is also a powerful antioxidant. Amanda Fortini, New York Times, 12 Nov. 2020 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, 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.

Word History


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

First Known Use

1718, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vermifuge was in 1718

Dictionary Entries Near vermifuge

Cite this Entry

“Vermifuge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Mar. 2023.

Medical Definition


ver·​mi·​fuge ˈvər-mə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce vermifuge (audio)
: a vermifugal agent : anthelmintic
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

What Did You Just Call Me?

  • brown chihuahua sitting on the floor with squinting eyes looking at the camera
  • Before we went to her house, Hannah told us her aunt was a flibbertigibbet.
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?