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From Latin vermis (a worm) + fugare (to drive away), from fugere (to flee). See worm, and fugitive.



vermifugal (comparative more vermifugal, superlative most vermifugal)

  1. (medicine) Tending to prevent, destroy, or expel worms or vermin; anthelmintic.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for vermifugal in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)