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 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

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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

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“Vermifuge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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Medical Definition of vermifuge

: a vermifugal agent : anthelmintic


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