ivermectin

noun
iver·​mec·​tin | \ ˌī-vər-ˈmek-tən How to pronounce ivermectin (audio) \

Definition of ivermectin

: a drug mixture of two structurally similar semisynthetic lactones that is used in veterinary medicine as an anthelmintic, acaricide, and insecticide and in human medicine to treat onchocerciasis

Examples of ivermectin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bowden's Twitter account shows a series of tweets praising the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin. Amanda Watts, CNN, 13 Nov. 2021 Researchers are looking into the factors that contributed to the decline, but some users online are claiming the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin and the removal of vaccines are the reason. Mckenzie Sadeghi, USA TODAY, 6 Nov. 2021 Hawaii—the state with the third highest proportion (74%) of people with at least one vaccination shot—was a notable exception, having the fourth highest proportion of web searches for ivermectin of all states. Robert Hart, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 The Front Line Covid-19 Critical Care Alliance, a nonprofit touting ivermectin as a preventive and treatment for covid that lists Wagshul as a founding physician, is referenced in the Ohio lawsuit. Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2021 The anti-parasitic drug ivermectin was ineffective in reducing the risk of hospitalization for COVID-19, a large study found, echoing the findings of previous studies on the medication. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 31 Mar. 2022 Doctors prescribed the man the anti-parasitic ivermectin, and the rash and diarrhea improved. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 22 Apr. 2022 Maher has also touted the use of ivermectin against Covid-19 despite the lack of real scientific evidence to support such use. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 22 Jan. 2022 The results were clear: Taking ivermectin did not reduce a Covid patient’s risk of ending up in the hospital. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of ivermectin

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ivermectin

perhaps from di- + New Latin avermitilis (specific epithet of Streptomyces avermitilis, bacterium from which it is derived) + English -ect- (of unknown origin) + -in entry 1

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“Ivermectin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ivermectin. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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ivermectin

noun
iver·​mec·​tin | \ ˌī-vər-ˈmek-tən How to pronounce ivermectin (audio) \

Medical Definition of ivermectin

: a drug mixture of two structurally similar semisynthetic macrocyclic lactones that is a derivative of avermectin used in veterinary medicine as an anthelmintic, acaricide, and insecticide and in human medicine to treat onchocerciasis

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