Definition of antitussive in English:



  • (especially of a drug) used to prevent or relieve a cough.

    • ‘The alkaloid was found to be devoid of analgesic properties but to possess central antitussive activity equal to that of codeine.’
    • ‘Syrup alone may act as a demulcent and provide antitussive action without side effects.’
    • ‘It is also strongly antitussive.’
    • ‘Its pharmacology accounts for its analgesic and antitussive properties.’
    • ‘Little is known about the pathogenesis of this cough, which frequently proves resistant to conventional antitussive therapies.’


  • An antitussive drug.

    • ‘Premedication generally consists of sedation, an anticholinergic agent, and an antitussive.’
    • ‘Do not take an antitussive if you are coughing up mucus.’