disulfiram

disulfiram

[dahy-suhl-feer-uhm]
noun Pharmacology.
a cream-colored, water-insoluble solid, C 10 H 20 N 2 S 4 , used chiefly in the treatment of chronic alcoholism, producing highly unpleasant symptoms when alcohol is taken following its administration.
Also called tetraethylthiuram disulfide.


Origin:
1950–55; disulfi(de) + (thiu)ram; see thio-, urea, amyl

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disulfiram (ˌdaɪsʌlˈfɪərəm)
 
n
a drug used in the treatment of alcoholism that acts by inducing nausea and other unpleasant effects following ingestion of alcohol
 
[C20: from tetraethylthiuram disulfide]

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disulfiram di·sul·fi·ram (dī-sŭl'fə-rām')
n.
An antioxidant used in the treatment of chronic alcoholism that interferes with the normal metabolic degradation of alcohol in the body, producing an unpleasant reaction when a small quantity of alcohol is consumed.

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