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ganciclovir

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noun gan·ci·clo·vir \gan-ˈsī-klə-(ˌ)vir\

Definition of ganciclovir

  1. :  an antiviral drug C9H13N5O4 related to acyclovir and used especially to treat cytomegalovirus retinitis in immunocompromised individuals



Origin of ganciclovir

perhaps from guanosine + -ciclovir, alteration of -cyclovir (as in acyclovir)


First Known Use: 1986


Medical Dictionary

ganciclovir

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noun gan·ci·clo·vir \gan-ˈsī-klə-(ˌ)vir\

Medical Definition of ganciclovir

  1. :  an antiviral drug C9H13N5O4 related to acyclovir and used especially in the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in immunocompromised patients—called also DHPG




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