ribavirin

noun
ri·​ba·​vi·​rin | \ˌrī-bə-ˈvī-rən \

Definition of ribavirin 

: a synthetic broad-spectrum antiviral nucleoside C8H12N4O5

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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

noun
ri·​ba·​vi·​rin | \ˌrī-bə-ˈvī-rən \

Medical Definition of ribavirin 

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

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