AZT


AZT

noun \ˌā-(ˌ)zē-ˈtē\

medical : a drug used to treat AIDS

Full Definition of AZT

:  an antiviral drug C10H13N5O4 that inhibits replication of some retroviruses (as HIV) and is used to treat AIDS —called also azidothymidine, zidovudine

First Known Use of AZT

1985

AZT

noun \ˌā-(ˌ)zē-ˈtē\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of AZT

: an antiviral drug C10H13N5O4 that inhibits replication of some retroviruses (as HIV) and is used to treat AIDS—called also azidothymidine, ZDV, zidovudine; see retrovir

AZT

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Drug that has had success in delaying the development of AIDS in patients with HIV. Since its introduction in the mid 1980s, it has prolonged the lives of millions of patients. It is particularly effective in preventing transmission of HIV from infected pregnant women to their fetuses. Since it has a greater effect on the replication of viruses than of body cells, it has fewer side effects than most other AIDS drugs, though many patients nevertheless cannot tolerate it. Because HIV rapidly becomes resistant to any single antiretroviral drug, AZT is usually given in combination with other drugs.

Variants of AZT

AZT in full azidothymidine also known as zidovudine

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