Definition of mithridate in English:



  • A medicine believed to be a universal antidote to or preservative against poison and disease.

    ‘to procure sweat, use cardamom water with mithridate’
    • ‘The horn was mixed with expensive mithridate, a compound used as an antidote to poison.’
    • ‘Then boil them a little and put thereto half an ounce of andromachus-treakle, and three drams of mithridate, and a quarter of a pint of the best angelica water.’
    • ‘He began to practise physic four years after coming from Canterbury to London, out of necessity, especially by making pills and electuaries, particularly mithridate and London treacle.’
    • ‘Four ounces of the clarified juice of Scabious taken in the morning fasting, with a dram of Mithridate or Benice treacle, frees the heart from any infection of pestilence.’
    • ‘Let the best of our rational physicians give a sufficient reason for those intricate mixtures, why just so many simples in mithridate or treacle; may they not be reduced to half or a quarter?’
    antitoxin, antiserum
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Early 16th century: from medieval Latin mithridatum, alteration of late Latin mithridatium, from Mithridatius relating to Mithridates (see mithridatize).