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Pronunciation: re-pel'ent


  1. Capable of driving off or repelling; repulsive.
  2. An agent that drives away or prevents annoyance or irritation by insect pests.
  3. An astringent or other agent that reduces swelling.

[L. re-pello, pp. -pulsus, to drive back]

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