ganciclovir

noun
gan·​ci·​clo·​vir | \ gan-ˈsī-klə-(ˌ)vir How to pronounce ganciclovir (audio) \

Definition of ganciclovir

: an antiviral drug C9H13N5O4 related to acyclovir and used especially to treat cytomegalovirus retinitis in immunocompromised individuals

First Known Use of ganciclovir

1986, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ganciclovir

perhaps from g(u)an(osine) + -ciclovir, alteration of -cyclovir (in acyclovir)

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“Ganciclovir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ganciclovir. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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ganciclovir

noun
gan·​ci·​clo·​vir | \ gan-ˈsī-klə-(ˌ)vir How to pronounce ganciclovir (audio) \

Medical Definition of ganciclovir

: an antiviral drug C9H13N5O4 related to acyclovir and used especially in the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in immunocompromised patients

called also DHPG

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