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A medicinal agent used to treat asthma.
Used to treat asthma; of or relating to the treatment of asthma; designating such treatment.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Lovell (?1630–1690), naturalist. From anti- + asthmatic. In use as noun after post-classical Latin antasthmaticum antiasthmatic agent. In use as adjective after post-classical Latin antasthmaticus.
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