thalidomide

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noun tha·lid·o·mide \thə-ˈli-də-ˌmīd, -məd\

Definition of thalidomide

  1. :  a drug C13H10N2O4 that was formerly used as a sedative and is now used as an immunomodulatory agent especially in the treatment of leprosy and multiple myeloma and that is known to cause malformations of infants born to mothers using it during pregnancy

Origin and Etymology of thalidomide

phthalic acid + -id- (from imide) + -o- + imide


First Known Use: 1958


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thalidomide

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noun tha·lid·o·mide \thə-ˈlid-ə-ˌmīd, -məd\

Medical Definition of thalidomide

  1. :  a sedative, hypnotic, and antiemetic drug C13H10N2O4 that was formerly used chiefly in Europe during the late 1950s and early 1960s especially to treat morning sickness but was soon withdrawn after being shown to cause serious malformations (as missing or severely shortened arms and legs) in infants born to mothers using it during the first trimester of pregnancy and that is now used as an immunomodulatory agent chiefly in the treatment of cutaneous complications of leprosy and in combination with dexamethasone in the treatment of multiple myeloma


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