al·​lo·​pu·​ri·​nol | \ ˌa-lō-ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce allopurinol (audio) , -ˌnōl \

Definition of allopurinol

: a drug C5H4N4O used to promote excretion of uric acid

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Recent Examples on the Web What now holds his symptoms at bay is a daily dose of allopurinol, a drug developed in 1963 by the American biochemists Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings (who went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine). Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "Once the Disease of Gluttonous Aristocrats, Gout Is Now Tormenting the Masses," 13 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of allopurinol

1964, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for allopurinol

allo- + purine + -ol entry 1

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Cite this Entry

“Allopurinol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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al·​lo·​pu·​ri·​nol | \ ˌal-ō-ˈpyu̇r-ə-ˌnȯl How to pronounce allopurinol (audio) , -ˌnōl How to pronounce allopurinol (audio) \

Medical Definition of allopurinol

: a drug C3H4N4O used to promote excretion of uric acid especially in the treatment of gout

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