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(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.’
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