phenytoin

[fen-i-toh-in, fuh-nit-oh-]
noun Pharmacology.
a barbiturate-related substance, C 1 5 H 1 2 N 2 O 2 , used as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of grand mal epilepsy and in focal seizures.

Origin:
1940–45; (di)pheny(lhydan)toin, its full chemical name; see di-1, phenyl, hydantoin

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phenytoin (ˌfɛnɪˈtəʊɪn)
 
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Also called: diphenylhydantoin sodium an anticonvulsant drug used in the management of epilepsy and in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. Formula: C15H11N2O2Na
 
[C20: from (di)pheny(lhydan)toin]

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phenytoin phen·y·to·in (fěn'ĭ-tō'ĭn, fə-nĭt'ō-)
n.
An anticonvulsant drug chemically related to the barbiturates and used most commonly in the treatment of epilepsy.

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Also, despite cessation of phenytoin, the patient's rash persisted.
Phenytoin is a medicine used to treat convulsions and seizures.
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Drugs used for treating epilepsy, such as phenytoin and carbamazepine, can reduce thyroid levels.
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