penicillamine

penicillamine

[pen-uh-sil-uh-meen, -min]
noun Pharmacology.
a chelating agent, C 5 H 1 1 NO 2 S, produced by the degradation of penicillin, used in the treatment of severe rheumatoid arthritis and in heavy metal poisoning.

Origin:
1940–45; penicill(in) + -amine

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penicillamine pen·i·cil·la·mine (pěn'ĭ-sĭl'ə-mēn')
n.
A degradation product of penicillin that is used as a chelating agent and in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and copper poisoning.

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