ivermectin

noun
iver·mec·tin | \ ˌī-vər-ˈmek-tən \

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

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But when a person harboring tens of thousands of Loa loa worms in each drop of blood takes ivermectin, all the baby worms die off in a sort of mass extinction, causing potentially lethal brain swelling. Brian Rinker, CNN, "New tech revolutionizes fight against ancient diseases in Africa, Asia," 17 Apr. 2018 Earlier studies showed that ivermectin, developed in the 1980s to fight parasites that cause river blindness and elephantitis, turns the blood of patients deadly to mosquitoes a short time after treatment, reported National Public Radio. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A pill could make your blood poisonous to mosquitoes, research shows | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Mar. 2018 The river blindness medication, ivermectin, kills these baby worms effectively. Brian Rinker, CNN, "New tech revolutionizes fight against ancient diseases in Africa, Asia," 17 Apr. 2018 The new study, conducted in Kenya by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, revealed that the blood of patients who took three high doses of ivermectin in pill form over three days remained poisonous to mosquitoes for up to 28 days. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A pill could make your blood poisonous to mosquitoes, research shows | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Mar. 2018 According to The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal, Kenyan researchers found that ivermectin — an anti-parasitic drug commonly used to treat roundworms, threadworms and other parasites in dogs — can make human blood poisonous to mosquitoes. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Researchers want humans to take dog medicine to repel mosquitoes," 4 Apr. 2018 High doses of ivermectin, a pill used to fight parasites, can turn human blood poisonous to mosquitoes, according to a study published Thursday in The Lancet Infectious Diseases medical journal. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "A pill could make your blood poisonous to mosquitoes, research shows | The Sacramento Bee," 29 Mar. 2018 The couple required additional ivermectin treatments to kick the bum worm infection. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Couple freaks after tabloids spread medical pics of their worm-infested bums," 1 Mar. 2018 Stephens said in a Facebook post that the couple were prescribed ivermectin, which is used to treat parasites. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Couple contract parasitic hookworm in feet after walking on Punta Cana beach," 29 Jan. 2018

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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

noun
iver·mec·tin | \ ˌī-vər-ˈmek-tən \

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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