acar·​bose ā-ˈkär-ˌbōs How to pronounce acarbose (audio)
: an antidiabetic drug C25H43NO18 that is taken orally as a tablet in the treatment of type 2 diabetes

Note: Acarbose is an oligosaccharide produced by fermentation of a bacterium (Actinoplanes utahensis). The drug slows the absorption of glucose in the small intestine by inhibiting enzymes that break down complex carbohydrates.

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“Acarbose.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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