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

Examples of vermifuge in a Sentence

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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

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Cite this Entry

“Vermifuge.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


ver·​mi·​fuge ˈvər-mə-ˌfyüj How to pronounce vermifuge (audio)
: a vermifugal agent : anthelmintic
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