sul·​fo·​nyl·​urea | \ ˌsəl-fə-ˌnil-ˈyu̇r-ē-ə How to pronounce sulfonylurea (audio) \

Definition of sulfonylurea

: any of several hypoglycemic compounds related to the sulfonamides and used in the oral treatment of diabetes

Examples of sulfonylurea in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Patients typically take insulin, metformin, sulfonylureas or newer, more expensive medications, including SGLT2 inhibitors, to control their blood sugar. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Diabetes Debate Leaves Little Consensus," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sulfonylurea

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sulfonylurea

New Latin, from International Scientific Vocabulary sulfonyl + New Latin urea

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The first known use of sulfonylurea was in 1956

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“Sulfonylurea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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variants: or chiefly British sulphonylurea \ ˌsəl-​fə-​ˌnil-​ˈ(y)u̇r-​ē-​ə How to pronounce sulphonylurea (audio) \

Medical Definition of sulfonylurea

: any of several hypoglycemic compounds (as glipizide and tolbutamide) related to the sulfonamides and used in the oral treatment of type 2 diabetes

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