arsphenamine

noun

ars·​phen·​a·​mine ärs-ˈfe-nə-ˌmēn How to pronounce arsphenamine (audio)
-mən
: a light-yellow toxic hygroscopic powder C12Cl2H14As2N2O2·2H2O formerly used in the treatment especially of syphilis and yaws

Word History

Etymology

ars(enic) entry 1 + phen- + amine

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of arsphenamine was in 1917

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“Arsphenamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arsphenamine. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Medical Definition

arsphenamine

noun
ars·​phen·​a·​mine ärs-ˈfen-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce arsphenamine (audio) -mən How to pronounce arsphenamine (audio)
: a light-yellow toxic hygroscopic powder C12Cl2H14As2N2O2·2H2O formerly used in the treatment especially of syphilis and yaws

called also salvarsan, six-o-six

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