pyrimethamine

noun
py·​ri·​meth·​amine | \ ˌpī-rə-ˈme-thə-ˌmēn How to pronounce pyrimethamine (audio) \

Definition of pyrimethamine

: a folic acid antagonist C12H13ClN4 used in the chemoprophylaxis or treatment of malaria and in the treatment of toxoplasmosis

Examples of pyrimethamine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Several years later, Elion and Hitchings developed the anti-malarial agent pyrimethamine, which is now used primarily to treat a potentially fatal foodborne illness called toxoplasmosis. Patrick Adams, National Geographic, 31 Aug. 2020 Daraprim, also known as pyrimethamine, is used to treat toxoplasmosis, a parasitic infection that can cause damage to the brain, eyes or other organs in severe cases, the FDA said. Shelby Lin Erdman And Jamie Gumbrecht, CNN, 29 Feb. 2020 The outlet points out that the retail price for Daraprim (pyrimethamine) is still $750 a pill, up more than 5,000 percent from its previous price of $13.50 per pill. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 May 2018 The outlet points out that the retail price for Daraprim (pyrimethamine) is still $750 a pill, up more than 5,000 percent from its previous price of $13.50 per pill. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 4 May 2018 But these alternatives are shut down by the same mutations that make the parasites resistant to pyrimethamine. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pyrimethamine

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pyrimethamine

pyrimidine + ethyl + amine

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The first known use of pyrimethamine was in 1952

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“Pyrimethamine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pyrimethamine. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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pyrimethamine

noun
py·​ri·​meth·​amine | \ ˌpī-rə-ˈmeth-ə-ˌmēn How to pronounce pyrimethamine (audio) \

Medical Definition of pyrimethamine

: a folic acid antagonist C12H13ClN4 that is used in the treatment of toxoplasmosis and in the prevention and treatment of malaria

Note: Pyrimethamine is marketed under the trademark Daraprim.

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