remdesivir

noun
rem·​des·​i·​vir | \ ˌrem-ˈde-sə-ˌvir How to pronounce remdesivir (audio) \

Definition of remdesivir

: an investigational antiviral agent C27N35N6O8P that is administered intravenously and inhibits viral replication by interfering with RNA polymerase function

Note: Remdesivir is a nucleotide prodrug that undergoes metabolic conversion in the body to a triphosphate nucleotide.

As part of a national clinical trial, the Orange County team of medical scientists are authorized to use the antiviral drug remdesivir—once developed to treat the Ebola virus—on certain COVID-19 patients hospitalized at UCI Medical Center in Orange.— Theresa Walker Previous research in cell cultures and animal models has shown that remdesivir can block replication of a variety of coronaviruses …— Victoria Rees

First Known Use of remdesivir

2018, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for remdesivir

rem- (of undetermined origin) + -desi-, infix denoting an adenosine analog (probably from adenosine) + -vir, combining element denoting an antiviral compound (from virus)

Note: According to the prescriptions of the U.S. Adopted Names Council, the initial element in generic drug names is to be meaningless.

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“Remdesivir.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/remdesivir. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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