griseofulvin

noun
gris·​eo·​ful·​vin | \ ˌgri-zē-ō-ˈfu̇l-vən How to pronounce griseofulvin (audio) , ˌgri-sē-, -ˈfəl- \

Definition of griseofulvin

: an antibiotic C17H17ClO6 used systematically in treating superficial fungal infections

Examples of griseofulvin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Research has found that the antibiotic rifampin, which is used to treat tuberculosis, and griseofulvin, a drug used to treat fungal infections, may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal birth control pills. Korin Miller, SELF, 27 July 2017

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First Known Use of griseofulvin

1939, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for griseofulvin

New Latin griseofulvum, specific epithet of Penicillium griseofulvum, mold from which it is obtained

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“Griseofulvin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/griseofulvin. Accessed 26 Nov. 2021.

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griseofulvin

noun
gris·​eo·​ful·​vin | \ ˌgriz-ē-ō-ˈfu̇l-vən How to pronounce griseofulvin (audio) , ˌgris- How to pronounce griseofulvin (audio) , -ˈfəl- \

Medical Definition of griseofulvin

: a fungistatic antibiotic C17H17ClO6 used systemically in treating superficial infections by fungi especially of the genera Epidermophyton, Microsporum, and Trichophyton

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