sulfonylurea

noun

sul·​fo·​nyl·​urea ˌsəl-fə-ˌnil-ˈyu̇r-ē-ə How to pronounce sulfonylurea (audio)
: any of several hypoglycemic compounds related to the sulfonamides and used in the oral treatment of diabetes

Example Sentences

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, 12 Mar. 2018

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1956, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sulfonylurea was in 1956

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“Sulfonylurea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sulfonylurea. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

sulfonylurea

noun
sul·​fo·​nyl·​urea
variants or chiefly British sulphonylurea
: 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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