antidote

An antidote is a remedy that relieves. So if you get headaches from long bus rides, it's best to travel equipped with the key pain alleviating antidotes: Tylenol, lots of water and soothing music.

A noun that comes all the way to us from the ancient Greek word antidoton, which means “given as a remedy,” an antidote counteracts or relieves the negative effects of something. You can find antidotes to poison, anxiety, sadness or even a bad day. People tend to think of medicinal cures when they hear the word antidote, but things like meditation, sleep, green tea, exercise or a good hug can all have positive, antidotal affects.

Definitions of antidote
  1. noun
    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
    synonyms: counterpoison
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    types:
    atropine
    a poisonous crystalline alkaloid extracted from the nightshade family; used as an antispasmodic and to dilate the eye pupil; also administered in large amounts as an antidote for organophosphate nerve agents or organophosphate insecticides
    obidoxime chloride
    a chloride used as an antidote for nerve gases such as sarin or VX
    belladonna
    an alkaloidal extract or tincture of the poisonous belladonna plant that is used medicinally
    type of:
    curative, cure, remedy, therapeutic
    a medicine or therapy that cures disease or relieve pain
Commonly confused words

anecdote / antidote

An anecdote is a funny little story; an antidote counteracts poison. Tell someone an anecdote about your close encounter with a rattlesnake and how the cute park ranger had to get you the antidote for snake venom right away.

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