penicillamine

noun

pen·​i·​cil·​la·​mine ˌpe-nə-ˈsi-lə-ˌmēn How to pronounce penicillamine (audio)
: an amino acid C5H11NO2S that is obtained from penicillins and is used especially in the treatment of cystinuria, rheumatoid arthritis, and poisoning by metals (such as copper or lead)

Examples of penicillamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Zinc might reduce how much penicillamine the body absorbs. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health, 19 May 2024 Drugs that interact with zinc include certain antibiotics, penicillamine used for Wilson's disease and rheumatoid arthritis and the cancer treatment cisplatin. Lauren Corona, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2021

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Word History

Etymology

penicillin + amine

First Known Use

1943, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of penicillamine was in 1943

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“Penicillamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penicillamine. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

penicillamine

noun
pen·​i·​cil·​la·​mine ˌpen-ə-ˈsil-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce penicillamine (audio)
: an amino acid C5H11NO2S that is obtained from penicillins and is used especially to treat cystinuria, rheumatoid arthritis, and metal poisoning (as by copper or lead)
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