A mixture containing a great number of ingredients, used in the Middle Ages and believed to possess antidotal and curative powers to an almost miraculous degree. [L. antidote to snake bite, fr. G. theriakos, pertaining to wild beasts]

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the·ri·a·ca thi-'rī-ə-kə n an antidote to poison consisting typically of about 70 drugs pulverized and reduced with honey to an electuary called also Venice treacle

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  • Theriaca — may refer to:*Theriaca (poem) by Nicander of Colophon, Greek poet of 2nd century BC *Theriaca or Theriac, ancient Greek remedy *Venice treacle, also called Andromachi theriaca, antidote against venomee also*Treacle …   Wikipedia

  • THERIACA — ex Graeco θηριακὴ, antidotum contra venena, quod ex viperae carne fieret, quae per excellentiam θηρίον dicta, nomen accepit, Gerh. Ioh. Voss. de Idolol. l. 4. c. 62. Cur vero non caro cerastae, quod serpentis genus viperae admodum simile, aspidis …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Theriaca — Theriac The ri*ac, Theriaca The*ri a*ca, n. [L. theriaca an antidote against the bite of serpents, Gr. ?: cf. F. th[ e]riaque. See {Treacle}.] 1. (Old Med.) An ancient composition esteemed efficacious against the effects of poison; especially, a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • theriaca — n. (Med.) Treacle, theriac, Venice treacle (Theriaca Andromachi) …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • theriaca — noun Etymology: New Latin, from Latin, antidote against poison more at treacle Date: 1562 a mixture of many drugs and honey formerly held to be an antidote to poison • theriacal adjective …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • theriaca — noun theriac …   Wiktionary

  • theriaca — n. molasses; paste used to treat snake bites …   English contemporary dictionary

  • theriaca — the·ri·a·ca …   English syllables

  • theriaca — …   Useful english dictionary

  • theriaca Andromachi — theriaca An·drom·a·chi an dräm ə .kī n THERIACA An·drom·a·chus an dräm ə kəs (fl 1st century ad) Greek physician. Andromachus was physician to the Roman emperor Nero. He is credited with the invention of the famous antidote for poison now known… …   Medical dictionary

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