ni·​tro·​fu·​ran ˌnī-trō-ˈfyu̇r-ˌan How to pronounce nitrofuran (audio)
: any of several nitro derivatives of furan used as bacteria-inhibiting agents

Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nitrofuran was in 1930

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“Nitrofuran.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Oct. 2023.

Medical Definition


: any of several derivatives of furan that contain a nitro group and are used as bacteria-inhibiting agents

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