acyclovir

[ey-sahy-kloh-veer, -kluh-]
noun Pharmacology.
a crystalline compound, C 18 H 11 N 5 O 3 , used as an antiviral drug in the treatment of herpes infections.

Origin:
1980–85; perhaps acyclo(guanosine) an earlier name for the compound (a-6 + cyclo- + guanosine a nucleotide) + vir(us) or vir(al)

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acyclovir a·cy·clo·vir (ā-sī'klō-vǐr, -klə-)
n.
A synthetic purine nucleoside analog that is derived from guanine and is used topically in the treatment of herpes simplex infections, especially those of the genitals. Also called acycloguanosine.

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The drugs may be used in combination with an antiviral drug called acyclovir.
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