foscarnet

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noun fos·car·net \fäs-ˈkär-nət\

Definition of foscarnet

  1. :  a hydrated sodium salt Na3CO5·6H2O that is administered intravenously to individuals infected with HIV to treat retinitis caused by a cytomegalovirus

Origin and Etymology of foscarnet

probably from International Scientific Vocabulary fos- (alteration of phosph-) + carb- + -net (of unknown origin)


First Known Use: 1981


Medical Dictionary

foscarnet

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noun fos·car·net \fäs-ˈkär-nət\

Medical Definition of foscarnet

  1. :  a hydrated sodium salt Na3CO5P·6H2O that is an antiviral analog of pyrophosphate and is administered intravenously to individuals infected with HIV to treat retinitis caused by a cytomegalovirus—called also foscarnet sodium


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