sul·​fon·​amide | \ ˌsəl-ˈfä-nə-ˌmīd How to pronounce sulfonamide (audio) , -məd; -ˈfō-nə-ˌmīd\

Definition of sulfonamide

: any of various amides (such as sulfanilamide) of a sulfonic acid also : sulfa drug

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Any positive test results for sulfonamides could be the result of leftover antibiotics from that time or intentional misuse, Jonker said. Rebekah Tuchscherer, USA TODAY, "Study finds residue of pesticides, antibiotics and growth hormone in non-organic milk," 26 June 2019 Other antibiotics found to raise the risk of miscarriage include most macrolides, quinolones, tetracyclines, sulfonamides and metronidazole. Paul Sisson,, "Some antibiotics significantly increase risk of miscarriages, big study finds," 2 May 2017

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First Known Use of sulfonamide

1881, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulfonamide

sulfonic + amide

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The first known use of sulfonamide was in 1881

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variants: or chiefly British sulphonamide \ ˌsəl-​ˈfän-​ə-​ˌmīd How to pronounce sulphonamide (audio) , -​məd; -​ˈfō-​nə-​ˌmīd How to pronounce sulphonamide (audio) \

Medical Definition of sulfonamide

: any of various amides (as sulfanilamide) of a sulfonic acid also : sulfa drug

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