a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
A remedy to counteract the effects of poison (often followed by "against," "for," or "to").
She reached the hospital in time to receive the antidote for the snake venom.
Something that counteracts or prevents something harmful.
We need an antidote for this misinformation.
To counteract as an antidote.
Origin: From antidotum, from ἀντίδοτον, neuter of ἀντίδοτος, from ἀντιδίδωμι, from ἀντί + δίδωμι. Compare French antidote.
a remedy to counteract the effects of poison, or of anything noxious taken into the stomach; -- used with against, for, or to; as, an antidote against, for, or to, poison
whatever tends to prevent mischievous effects, or to counteract evil which something else might produce
to counteract or prevent the effects of, by giving or taking an antidote
to fortify or preserve by an antidote
Origin: [L. antidotum, Gr. 'anti`doton (sc. fa`rmakon), fr. 'anti`dotos given against; 'anti` against + dido`nai to give: cf. F. antidote. See Dose, n.]
An antidote is a substance which can counteract a form of poisoning. The term ultimately derives from the Greek αντιδιδοναι antididonai, "given against". The antidotes for some particular toxins are manufactured by injecting the toxin into an animal in small doses and extracting the resulting antibodies from the host animals' blood. This results in an antivenom that can be used to counteract poison produced by certain species of snakes, spiders, and other venomous animals. A number of venoms lack a viable antivenom, and a bite or sting from an animal producing such a toxin often results in death. Some animal venoms, especially those produced by arthropods are only potentially lethal when they provoke allergic reactions and induce anaphylactic shock; as such, there is no "antidote" for these venoms because it is not a form of poisoning and anaphylactic shock can be treated. Some other toxins have no known antidote. For example, the poison aconitine, a highly poisonous alkaloid derived from various aconite species has no antidote, and as a result is often fatal if it enters the human body in sufficient quantities.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
an′ti-dōt, n. that which is given against anything that would produce bad effects: a counter-poison: (fig.) anything that prevents evil (with against, for, to).—adj. An′tidotal. [Gr. antidotos—anti, against, didōmi, to give.]
The numerical value of antidote in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of antidote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Action is the antidote to despair.
To be proud of virtue is to poison oneself with the antidote.
At my lemonade stand I used to give the first glass away free and charge five dollars for the second glass. The refill contained the antidote.
We're hoping thousands of people will join us in that protest, we're going to be providing the antidote, we believe, to what Donald Trump is espousing.
Humans always have fear of an unknown situation -- this is normal. The important thing is what we do about it. If fear is permitted to become a paralyzing thing that interferes with proper action, then it is harmful. The best antidote to fear is to know all we can about a situation.
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- antídotCatalan, Valencian
- protilátka, protijedCzech
- Gegenmittel, GegengiftGerman
- vastamyrkky, vastalääkeFinnish
- antidote, alexipharmaqueFrench
- ellenméreg, ellenszerHungarian
- 解毒剤, 解毒薬Japanese
- противоядие, антидотRussian
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