acyclovir

noun acy·clo·vir \ (ˌ)ā-ˈsī-klō-ˌvir \

Definition of acyclovir

: a cyclic synthetic nucleoside C8H11N5O3 used especially to treat the symptoms of chicken pox, shingles, and the genital form of herpes simplex

Origin and Etymology of acyclovir

acycl(ic) + -o- + vir(us); from its containing less cyclic structure than its naturally occurring analogue guanosine


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acyclovir

noun acy·clo·vir \ ˌā-ˈsī-klō-ˌvir \

medical Definition of acyclovir

: a cyclic nucleoside C8H11N5O3 used especially to treat shingles, genital herpes, and chicken pox — see zovirax

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