favipiravir

noun
fav·​i·​pir·​a·​vir | \ ˌfa-və-ˈpir-ə-ˌvir How to pronounce favipiravir (audio) \

Definition of favipiravir

: an antiviral drug C5H4FN3O2 that is administered orally or intravenously and inhibits viral replication of RNA viruses (such as the virus causing influenza) by interfering with viral RNA polymerase function

Note: Favipiravir is a nucleoside prodrug that undergoes metabolic conversion in the body to a triphosphate nucleotide.

… doctors are experimenting with all sorts of drugs that could speed up the recovery of patients. One of them is a flu medication from Japan called favipiravir … which showed promise in China.— Chris Smit

First Known Use of favipiravir

2009, in the meaning defined above

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“Favipiravir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/favipiravir. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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