abac·​a·​vir ə-ˈba-kə-ˌvir How to pronounce abacavir (audio)
: an antiviral drug taken orally in the form of its sulfate (C14H18N6O)2·H2SO4 in combination with other antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV infection

Note: Abacavir is a synthetic nucleoside analog that acts by inhibiting reverse transcriptase. It causes potentially serious hypersensitivity reactions in a small percentage of patients.

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“Abacavir.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/abacavir. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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