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

Origin and Etymology of ivermectin

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


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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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