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Aug 30, 2005
This week's theme
Words related to medicine

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rhinorrhea
alexiteric
atretic
fomites
styptic
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alexiteric

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alexiteric (uh-LEK-si-TER-ik) adjective

Counteracting the effects of poison; warding off contagion.

noun

An antidote against poison; preventive against contagion.

[From Medieval Latin alexiterium (remedy), from Greek alexein (to ward off).]

"Frantz Fanon goes on to describe, '...poisons for which there is no known alexiteric.'"
David Macey; Frantz Fanon: A Biography; Picador; 2001.

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