(of a drug, medical treatment, etc.) that prolongs life
You see, Joint knows about the anti-agathic drug, even though Appropriations and the Pentagon don’t.
At Death’s End in Astounding Science Fiction May 41/1
With the new anti-agathic drugs, people just aren’t dying.
Nothing for My Noon Meal in Nebula Science Fiction May 45
She was very old; even now, with medicines and therapies and anti-agathic science, she was an old woman.
Boarder in Asimov’s Science Fiction July 91
We do not suffer from disease. And we were given anti-agathic genes, so we do not age.
Dream Games 35
Another relevant biological trait is the longer Martian life span, approximately twice the human norm, with lives of one hundred fifty to two hundred years not uncommon, and several decades more far from unknown; anti-agathic drugs may double this, if taken consistently from adulthood.
In the Courts of the Crimson Kings 286
James Blish, 'At Death's End', in Astounding
Research HistoryFred Galvin submitted a 1957 cite from James Blish's "Year 2018!"; Malcolm Farmer separately submitted a cite from a story that was ultimately turned into this novel (see below). (Fred Galvin checked "The Bridge" and the term does not appear there.)
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 1954 cite from James Blish's "At Death's End" in the October issue of the UK edition of Astounding Science Fiction; Jesse Sheidlower verified this in the May 1954 American edition of ASF.
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