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[rahy-buh-vahy-rin] /ˈraɪ bəˌvaɪ rɪn/
noun, Pharmacology
a synthetic compound, C 8 H 1 2 N 4 O 5 , active against several DNA and RNA viruses.
Origin of ribavirin
1965-70; probably by shortening and alteration of ribofuranosyl, a component of its chemical name (see ribose, furan, -ose2, -yl) + vir(us) + -in2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for ribavirin
  • ribavirin's side effects, which include anemia, become dangerous at prolonged high dosages.
  • Until now, the kit has been the only government-approved way for patients to obtain ribavirin.
  • Interferon alone is usually reserved for patients who cannot tolerate ribavirin.
  • Several new drugs that may be used along with ribavirin and interferon are being tested.
ribavirin in Medicine

ribavirin ri·ba·vi·rin (rī'bə-vī'rĭn)
A synthetic antiviral ribonucleoside that inhibits DNA and RNA replication.

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