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metformin

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noun met·for·min \met-ˈfȯr-mən\

Definition of metformin

  1. :  a drug C4C11N5 used in the form of its hydrochloride to treat type 2 diabetes



Origin and Etymology of metformin

methyl + -formin (as in phenformin, an earlier antidiabetic drug)


First Known Use: 1961


Medical Dictionary

metformin

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noun met·for·min \met-ˈfȯr-mən\

Medical Definition of metformin

  1. :  an antidiabetic drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C4H11N5·HCl especially to treat type 2 diabetes in patients unresponsive to or intolerant of approved sulfonylurea drugs Trademarks for preparations containing metformin include Glucophage, Glucovance, Invokamet, Janumet, Jentadueto, and Kombiglyze.




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