noun atox·yl \əˈtäksə̇l, āˈ-, -ēl\

Definition of atoxyl



  1. :  a white crystalline compound C6H7AsNNaO3·4H2O formerly used in the treatment of syphilis and sleeping sickness, its use frequently causing blindness :  the monosodium salt of para-arsanilic acid

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Origin and Etymology of atoxyl

International Scientific Vocabulary 2a- + toxic + -yl; originally formed in German

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a brief usually trivial fact

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