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sulfa

[suhl-fuh] /ˈsʌl fə/
adjective
1.
related chemically to sulfanilamide.
2.
pertaining to, consisting of, or involving a sulfa drug or drugs.
noun
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; short for sulfanilamide
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  • It should not be used in patients whose infections occur after dental work, or in people who are allergic to sulfa drugs.
Word Origin and History for sulfa

1942, short name for the group of drugs derived from sulfanilamide ("amide of sulfanilic acid," which is so called because it is a sulphonic derivative of the dye-stuff aniline), and shortened from that word. (The usual British English spelling is sulpha.)

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sulfa in Medicine

sulfa sul·fa (sŭl'fə)
adj.
Of, relating to, or containing sulfanilamide or any sulfa drug.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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