An antidote against poison, especially a confection formerly held to be an antidote to all poisons.
[Medieval Latin mithridātum, alteration of Late Latin mithridātīum, from Latin, neuter of Mithridātīus, of Mithridates, from Greek mithridāteios, after Mithridates VI, who is said to have acquired tolerance for poison.]
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