Definition of alexipharmic in US English:

alexipharmic

noun

historical, archaic
  • A medicine or treatment believed to protect against, counteract the effects of, or expel from the body a noxious or toxic substance, especially a poison or venom; an antidote; (in later use) especially a remedy for snakebite.

adjective

historical, archaic
  • That acts as an alexipharmic; of or relating to the action of an alexipharmic.

Origin

Early 17th century; earliest use found in John Woodall (1570–1643), surgeon. Alteration of alexipharmac, after e.g. diuretic, diuretic).

Pronunciation

alexipharmic

/əˌlɛksɪˈfɑːmɪk/