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[mith-ri-deyt] /ˈmɪθ rɪˌdeɪt/

noun, Old Pharmacology.
a confection believed to contain an antidote to every poison.
(obsolete) a substance believed to be an antidote to every poison and a cure for every disease

“antidote against poison,” from Medieval Latin mithridatum, from Late Latin mithridatium, neuter of Mithridatius “pertaining to Mithridates,” king of Pontus, who made himself poison-proof.


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