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From French fébrifuge, from Latin febris (“fever”) + fugāre (“to drive away”).
Latin febris fever –fuge
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
The bark is of some value as a tonic and febrifuge.
This is also the case with the cinchona febrifuge prepared from C. succirubra.
The species between Caravaya and the headwaters of the Huallaga yield very little of the febrifuge alkaloid.
But the forests of Huanuco and Huamalios abound in species yielding the grey bark of commerce, which is rich in cinchonine, an alkaloid efficacious as a febrifuge, though inferior to quinine.
The substance was discovered about the year 1835 by Hugh Rodie, a surgeon in Demerara, who used it as a febrifuge in.
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