disulfiram

noun
di·sul·fi·ram | \dī-ˈsəl-fə-ˌram \

Definition of disulfiram 

: a compound C10H20N2S4 that causes a severe physiological reaction to alcohol and is used especially in the treatment of alcoholism

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In the 1940s, doctors explored whether disulfiram was useful as a treatment for alcohol abuse. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?," 15 June 2018 Around this time, manufacturers began using a chemical known as disulfiram to accelerate the vulcanization of rubber. Richard Klasco, New York Times, "Can I Drink Alcohol While Taking Antibiotics?," 15 June 2018 Another study looked at substance abuse treatment programs across the country and found that fewer than 20 percent sustained their use of medications including naltrexone or disulfiram. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, "There are medications that can treat alcoholism, but doctors rarely use them," 30 Oct. 2017 In his clinical practice, he’d occasionally prescribed Antabuse (disulfiram) to patients who struggled with alcohol addiction. Emily Anthes, Bloomberg.com, "Why We Can’t Have the Male Pill," 3 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of disulfiram

1946, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for disulfiram

disulfide + thiourea + amyl

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disulfiram

noun
di·sul·fi·ram
variants: or chiefly British disulphiram \dī-ˈsəl-fə-ˌram \

Medical Definition of disulfiram 

: a compound C10H20N2S4 that causes a severe physiological reaction to alcohol and is used especially in the treatment of alcoholism

called also tetraethylthiuram disulfide

— see antabuse

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