nevirapine

noun

ne·​vi·​ra·​pine nə-ˈvir-ə-ˌpēn How to pronounce nevirapine (audio) -ˈvī-rə- How to pronounce nevirapine (audio)
: an antiretroviral drug C15H14N4O that inhibits reverse transcriptase and is administered orally in combination with at least one other antiretroviral in the treatment of HIV-1 infection

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web As a result, many babies were born with nevirapine-resistant forms of the virus, and the efficacy of pediatric Triomune fell by about half, Dr. Pécoul said. New York Times, 29 Nov. 2019 The prevalence of resistance in people who restarted efavirenz and nevirapine after interrupting treatment was much higher (21%) than in first-time users (8%). Scientific American, 30 July 2019 The three drugs in question—stavudine, lamivudine, and nevirapine—were made by three different multinational drug companies. Katherine Eban, Quartz India, 15 July 2019 Five years later, a study in Uganda showed a single dose of another ARV, nevirapine, given to a mother in labor and a baby at birth, could reduce transmission by 50%, which soon became a standard of care. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, 12 June 2018

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Word History

Etymology

perhaps from ne- (by reversal of enzyme) + viral + dipyridodiazepinone, class of drugs to which nevirapine belongs

First Known Use

1991, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nevirapine was in 1991

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Cite this Entry

“Nevirapine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nevirapine. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition

nevirapine

noun

ne·​vi·​ra·​pine nə-ˈvir-ə-ˌpēn How to pronounce nevirapine (audio) -ˈvī-rə- How to pronounce nevirapine (audio)
: a reverse transcriptase inhibitor C15H14N4O that is administered orally in combination with at least one other antiretroviral agent in the treatment of HIV-1 infection
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