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ivermectin

noun iver·mec·tin \ˌī-vər-ˈmek-tən\

Definition of IVERMECTIN

:  a drug mixture of two structurally similar semisynthetic lactones that is used in veterinary medicine as an anthelmintic, acaricide, and insecticide and in human medicine to treat onchocerciasis

Origin of IVERMECTIN

perhaps from di- + New Latin avermitilis (specific epithet of Streptomyces avermitilis, bacterium from which it is derived) + English -ect- (of unknown origin) + 1-in
First Known Use: 1981

ivermectin

noun iver·mec·tin \ˌī-vər-ˈmek-tən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of IVERMECTIN

:  a drug mixture of two structurally similar semisynthetic macrocyclic lactones that is used in veterinary medicine as an anthelmintic, acaricide, and insecticide and in human medicine to treat onchocerciasis

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