zidovudine

noun
zi·​do·​vu·​dine | \ zi-ˈdō-vyü-ˌdēn How to pronounce zidovudine (audio) \

Definition of zidovudine

: azt

Examples of zidovudine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1990s, the drug development and regulatory landscape for new AIDS therapies was bleak: no new drugs had been approved since the first antiretroviral therapy, zidovudine (also known as AZT) in 1987. Emil D. Kakkis, STAT, 7 July 2021 In 1987, for example, the cancer drug zidovudine became the first F.D.A.-approved drug against H.I.V. The most obvious drugs to repurpose against the new coronavirus are those that work against other viruses. Carl Zimmer, New York Times, 30 Apr. 2020 Until recently only two drugs – zidovudine and lamivudine – have had adequate safety and dosing data from birth. Gbolahan Ajibola, The Conversation, 27 Nov. 2019 Shortly after his diagnosis seven years earlier, Dan started taking high doses of AZT (zidovudine, the first antiretroviral drug approved by the FDA in 1987) as a part of his treatment protocol. S. Kirk Walsh, Longreads, 22 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of zidovudine

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zidovudine

by shortening & alteration from azidothymidine

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“Zidovudine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zidovudine. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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zidovudine

noun
zi·​do·​vu·​dine | \ zī-ˈdō-v(y)ü-ˌdēn How to pronounce zidovudine (audio) \

Medical Definition of zidovudine

: azt

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