metformin

noun
met·​for·​min | \ met-ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce metformin (audio) \

Definition of metformin

: a drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C4H11N5·HCl especially to treat type 2 diabetes

Examples of metformin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another drug that gets a microbial helping hand is metformin, the first-line medication for type 2 diabetes. Claudia Wallis, Scientific American, "How Gut Microbes Shape Our Response to Drugs," 1 Jan. 2020 Those in the metformin group had a 31 percent lower chance of developing the condition compared to the placebo group. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "The Science on Weight and Health," 26 June 2018 Others received metformin and rosiglitazone, which boosts the effectiveness of a person’s insulin, along with education about managing the disease. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "A ‘scary disease’: Children with Type 2 diabetes suffer from advanced complications, study finds," 28 June 2019 For example, a six-year study of the generic diabetes drug metformin in 3,000 older nondiabetic adults will likely begin this year, notes Barzilai of the Institute for Aging Research. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Can a single pill keep you healthy to 100?," 10 July 2019 The last group was given metformin and undertook an intensive lifestyle modification program. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "A ‘scary disease’: Children with Type 2 diabetes suffer from advanced complications, study finds," 28 June 2019 Some participants were prescribed the diabetes medication metformin. Lauren Caruba, ExpressNews.com, "A ‘scary disease’: Children with Type 2 diabetes suffer from advanced complications, study finds," 28 June 2019 The first-line type 2 diabetes medication is typically metformin, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "8 Ways to Better Control Your Type 2 Diabetes," 19 Apr. 2019 The major players are rapamycin, metformin, resveratrol and hydroxycitrate. Mark Barna, Discover Magazine, "Not So Fast," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of metformin

1961, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metformin

methyl + -formin (as in phenformin, an earlier antidiabetic drug)

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The first known use of metformin was in 1961

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25 Jan 2020

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“Metformin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metformin. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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metformin

noun
met·​for·​min | \ met-ˈfȯr-mən How to pronounce metformin (audio) \

Medical Definition of metformin

: an antidiabetic drug used in the form of its hydrochloride C4H11N5·HCl especially to treat type 2 diabetes in patients unresponsive to or intolerant of approved sulfonylurea drugs

Note: Trademarks for preparations containing metformin include Glucophage, Glucovance, Invokamet, Janumet, Jentadueto, and Kombiglyze.

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