metronidazole

noun
met·​ro·​ni·​da·​zole | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnī-də-ˌzōl How to pronounce metronidazole (audio) \

Definition of metronidazole

: a drug C6H9N3O3 used especially to treat vaginal trichomoniasis, amebiasis, and infections by anaerobic bacteria

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Recent Examples on the Web One of the primary medications recommended by the CDC for treating B. coli is metronidazole, but Harriet didn’t get it until five days after her diagnosis, the records show. Greg Kahn, National Geographic, "Sanctuary for retired lab chimps embroiled in dispute over quality of its care," 8 July 2020 The antibiotics facing export limits are tinidazole, metronidazole, chloramphenicol, erythromycin salts, neomycin, clindamycin salts and ornidazole. Vindu Goel, New York Times, "As Coronavirus Disrupts Factories, India Curbs Exports of Key Drugs," 10 Mar. 2020 Similar export restrictions have been placed on the common antibiotic metronidazole, various versions of vitamin B and eight other medicinal chemicals, according to a notice from the Indian government Tuesday. Dria Roland, Fortune, "India restricts exports of common drugs on fear of coronavirus shortages," 3 Mar. 2020 All three come in topical form, and metronidazole and clindamycin, which are antibiotics, are also available as oral medications (though the oral forms of these medications are not recommended during pregnancy). Jessica Grose, New York Times, "Parenting Is Bad for Your Face," 30 July 2019 But there are a few medications that have no data indicating adverse effects, Dr. Baldwin said, including metronidazole, clindamycin and azelaic acid. Jessica Grose, New York Times, "Parenting Is Bad for Your Face," 30 July 2019 Topical antibiotics like clindamycin or metronidazole can calm mild surface redness, while oral antibiotics (usually doxycycline) reduce inflammation from within. A.a. Newton, SELF, "How to Tell if Your 'Acne' Might Actually Be Rosacea," 9 Apr. 2019 Your doctor will prescribe you with an antibiotic called metronidazole. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis and How Do I Know if I Have It?," 18 Sep. 2018 Your doctor will prescribe you with an antibiotic called metronidazole. Yerin Kim, Seventeen, "What Are the Symptoms of Bacterial Vaginosis and How Do I Know if I Have It?," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of metronidazole

1960, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metronidazole

methyl + -tron- (probably alteration of nitro-) + imide + azole

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“Metronidazole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metronidazole. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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metronidazole

noun
met·​ro·​ni·​da·​zole | \ ˌme-trə-ˈnīd-ə-ˌzōl How to pronounce metronidazole (audio) \

Medical Definition of metronidazole

: an antiprotozoal and antibacterial drug C6H9N3O3 used especially to treat vaginal trichomoniasis, amebiasis, and infections by anaerobic bacteria — see flagyl

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