Antitoxin: An antibody produced in response to and capable of neutralizing a specific biologic toxin such as those that cause diphtheria, gas gangrene, or tetanus. Antitoxins are used prophylactically and therapeutically.
Antivenin: Antibodies created in the blood of a horse or sheep when the animal is injected with snake venom. Antivenin acts by neutralizing snake venom that has entered the body. Also called antivenom, snake antivenin, or snake antivenom. Other spellings: antivenom
Antiviral: An agent that kills a virus or that suppresses its ability to replicate and, hence, inhibits its capability to multiply and reproduce. For example, amantadine (Symmetrel) is a synthetic antiviral. It acts by inhibiting the multiplication of the influenza A virus. It was used to lessen the severity of the disease, particularly in individuals […]
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Antiviral agent: A medication or another agent that kills viruses or inhibits their capability to reproduce.
Antonomasia: 1. The substitution of a title for a proper name, as in addressing a physician as “Doctor” or a nurse as “Nurse.” 2. The substitution of a personal name for a noun to designate a member of a group or class, as in calling a geneticist a Mendelist (after Gregor Mendel, who discovered the […]
Antonomastic: Concerning, pertaining to, or characteristic of antonomasia. See also: Antonomasia.