ri·​ba·​vi·​rin | \ ˌrī-bə-ˈvī-rən How to pronounce ribavirin (audio) \

Definition of ribavirin

: a synthetic broad-spectrum antiviral nucleoside C8H12N4O5

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Recent Examples on the Web Interferon 1-b has generally been used to treat multiple sclerosis in the past, while lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin have been used to treat HIV and hepatitis C, respectively. Fox News, "Drug trio shortens duration and alleviates coronavirus symptoms, study says," 11 May 2020 Previous research has found that a combination of lopinavir-ritonavir and ribavirin significantly reduced respiratory failure and death in patients with another coronavirus, the SARS virus. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, "A Drug Cocktail Hastens Recovery in Some Coronavirus Patients," 8 May 2020 Other were randomly assigned to get the lopinavir-ritonavir combination plus the antiviral drug ribavirin and injections of beta interferon. Maggie Fox, CNN, "Triple drug therapy helps coronavirus patients recover more quickly, study finds," 8 May 2020 Orders for antibiotics like azithromycin and antiviral medicines like ribavirin nearly tripled. Knvul Sheikh, New York Times, "Essential Drug Supplies for Virus Patients Are Running Low," 2 Apr. 2020 Domingo and Vignuzzi pointed out that the popular antiviral medication ribavirin pushes viruses to develop a swarm that is so big and so full of mutations that the resulting viral potluck is missing vital components. Quanta Magazine, "How Mutant Viral Swarms Spread Disease," 25 Aug. 2015 Nor is everyone convinced that ribavirin works in Lassa fever, as the only data come from the 1980s, Augier says. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Health workers scramble to contain deadly rat-borne fever in Nigeria," 12 Mar. 2018 For now, the only treatment is a nonspecific antiviral drug, ribavirin. Leslie Roberts, Science | AAAS, "Health workers scramble to contain deadly rat-borne fever in Nigeria," 12 Mar. 2018 There is no vaccine and no definitive cure, although an antiviral drug, ribavirin, can be helpful if given early. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "Lassa Fever Erupts in Nigeria," 16 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of ribavirin

1974, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ribavirin

perhaps from ribonucleic acid + virus + -in entry 1

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“Ribavirin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ribavirin. Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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ri·​ba·​vi·​rin | \ ˌrī-bə-ˈvī-rən How to pronounce ribavirin (audio) \

Medical Definition of ribavirin

: a synthetic broad-spectrum antiviral drug C8H12N4O5 that is a nucleoside resembling guanosine

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