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[spahy-ruh-noh-lak-tohn, spahy-roh-, -ron-uh-] /ˌspaɪ rə noʊˈlæk toʊn, spaɪˌroʊ-, -ˌrɒn ə-/
noun, Pharmacology
a steroid, C 2 4 H 3 2 O 4 S, used in combination with other drugs as a diuretic and antihypertensive.
Origin of spironolactone
1955-60; alteration of spirolactone; see spiro-2, lactone Unabridged
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  • Drugs that can increase aldosterone measurements include lithium, spironolactone, and verapamil.
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  • Anti-androgen medications such as spironolactone may be tried if birth control pills do not work.
  • The drug, called spironolactone, was developed as a diuretic but was found to also clear up acne and facial hair.
British Dictionary definitions for spironolactone


a diuretic that increases water loss from the kidneys and is much used to treat oedema in heart and kidney failure
Word Origin
C20: from spiro-² + linking syllable -no- + lactone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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