Definitions of Cantharides

  1. of Cantharis Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A toxic compound, isolated from the Spanish fly or blistering beetle (Lytta (Cantharis) vesicatoria) and other insects. It is a potent and specific inhibitor of protein phosphatases 1 (PP1) and 2A (PP2A). This compound can produce severe skin inflammation, and is extremely toxic if ingested orally. Medical Dictionary DB
  3. Plural of cantharis. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  4. A vesicant; irritant to genital organs. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  5. Spanish flies, used for blistering. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. Spanish flies; small beetles used for blistering. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  7. Spanish flies. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. The Spanish fly, used in making blistering plasters. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  9. kan-thar'i-d[=e]z, n.pl. Spanish flies, used for blistering.--adjs. CANTHAR'IDAL, CANTHARID'IAN, CANTHARID'IC, composed of cantharides.--n. CANTHAR'IDINE, the active principle of blistering-flies. [L. cantharis, beetle, pl. cantharides.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  10. (medieval). Dried Spanish Fly. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  11. Blistering flies. See Cantharis. American pocket medical dictionary.
  12. PI. of cantharis. Appleton's medical dictionary.
  13. [Gr.] (Entom.) A coleopterous insect, of the fam. Cantharidse; called also Spanish fly. The blister-fly (q.v.) of the apothecary. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  14. Spanish flies, used to raise blisters. Complete Dictionary