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

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Prescription antiviral medicines, including acyclovir, famciclovir, and valacyclovir, are not cures for shingles, but these drugs can weaken the virus, reduce pain, expedite healing, and stave off complications. Health.com, "What Is Shingles?," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of acyclovir

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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