etidronate

noun
et·​i·​dro·​nate | \ ˌē-tə-ˈdrō-ˌnāt How to pronounce etidronate (audio) , ˌe- How to pronounce etidronate (audio) \

Definition of etidronate

: a white sodium salt C2H6Na2O7P2 that inhibits the formation, growth, and dissolution of hydroxyapatite crystals and is administered orally in the treatment of some bone diseases (such as Paget's disease of bone)

called also etidronate disodium

First Known Use of etidronate

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for etidronate

etidronic acid (of which etidronate is a salt), perhaps from ethylidene (the radical CH3CH) + hydr- + phosphonic acid (an acid obtained from phosphine)

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“Etidronate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/etidronate. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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etidronate

noun
et·​i·​dro·​nate | \ ˌēt-ə-ˈdrō-ˌnāt How to pronounce etidronate (audio) , ˌet- How to pronounce etidronate (audio) \

Medical Definition of etidronate

: a white disodium bisphosphonate salt C2H6Na2O7P2 that inhibits the formation, growth, and dissolution of hydroxyapatite crystals and is used especially to treat Paget's disease of bone and to prevent or treat heterotopic ossification (as that associated with hip-replacement surgery)

called also etidronate disodium

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