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acyclovir

[ey-sahy-kloh-veer, -kluh-] /eɪˈsaɪ kloʊˌvɪər, -klə-/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
a crystalline compound, C 18 H 11 N 5 O 3 , used as an antiviral drug in the treatment of herpes infections.
Origin
1980-1985
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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  • The drugs may be used in combination with an antiviral drug called acyclovir.
acyclovir in Medicine

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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