: an antiviral drug C10H13N5O4 that inhibits replication of some retroviruses (such as HIV) and is used to treat AIDS

called also azidothymidine, zidovudine

Examples of AZT in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Under the care of her adoptive parents, Loren and Pat Broadbent, Ms. Broadbent was among the first pediatric patients to receive AZT and other antiretroviral drugs for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. Emily Langer, Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2024 The Treatment When the Long Beach baby was born, doctors immediately took blood tests to screen for HIV and administered high doses of AZT, 3TC and nevirapine — the typical treatment for an HIV infection. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 7 Mar. 2014 The first drug, AZT, found immediate application for health care workers who accidentally had a needlestick injury that infected them with contaminated blood. William A. Haseltine, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2020 Though only moderately effective, AZT paved the way for later generations of life-saving antiretroviral therapy. Patrick Adams, National Geographic, 31 Aug. 2020 Since then, scientists there have made key discoveries in critical areas of medical research, from early tests of AZT in people with AIDS to recent success in curing patients with sickle-cell anemia. Beverly Gage, The New Yorker, 23 Jan. 2023 Gay activists marched from San Francisco to the Burroughs-Wellcome Pharmaceuticals warehouse in Burlingame and scaled a ladder onto the roof of the building to protest high prices for the AIDS drug AZT, January 25, 1988. Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Dec. 2022 After taking some of the early antiretroviral therapies, such as AZT, that were once prescribed as individual agents and failed to treat HIV effectively, the man started a highly effective combination antiretroviral treatment in the 1990s. Benjamin Ryan, NBC News, 27 July 2022 One of Basile’s biggest professional victories came in 1986, after evidence emerged that the drug AZT was showing promise as an AIDS treatment. Ellen McCarthy, Washington Post, 20 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of AZT was in 1985

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“AZT.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/AZT. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

: a drug used to treat AIDS

Medical Definition

: 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
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