Definition of anthelmintic in English:

anthelmintic

adjective

Medicine
  • [attributive] (chiefly of medicines) used to destroy parasitic worms.

    • ‘This will reduce the use of anthelmintic wormers and address the growing problem of resistance to anthelmintics in sheep.’
    • ‘In the light of these data, we would be unwilling to recommend that countries or regions invest in programmes that routinely treat children with anthelmintic drugs to improve their growth or cognitive performance.’
    • ‘Whichever control programme is chosen, it should combine the sensible use of anthelminthic products currently available with good grassland management.’
    • ‘For example, anthelmintic treatment on a regular basis greatly reduces the size of the adult parasite worm population.’
    • ‘Good management practices and appropriate use of anthelmintic products need to be followed to have an effective parasite control program.’

noun

Medicine
  • An anthelmintic medicine.

    • ‘The specific use and timing of anthelmintics should be administered according to label directions and under the guidance of a veterinarian.’
    • ‘The main question examined in this review was the effect of anthelmintics on growth and cognitive performance.’
    • ‘Worms cost these industries $2 billion a year in the United States alone and have started to build resistance to commercial anthelmintics.’
    • ‘In order to control parasites, the goats would be drenched with anthelmintics.’
    • ‘This will reduce the use of anthelmintic wormers and address the growing problem of resistance to anthelmintics in sheep.’

Origin

Late 17th century (as an adjective): from anth- (variant of anti against) + Greek helmins, helminth- worm + -ic.

Pronunciation:

anthelmintic

/ˌant-helˈmintik//ˌanTHel-/