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acitretin

noun ac·i·tret·in \ ˌa-sə-ˈtre-tᵊn \

medical Definition of acitretin

:a retinoid drug C21H26O3 that is the principal metabolite of etretinate and is taken orally in the treatment of severe psoriasis
  • Acitretin, although less effective as monotherapy, approaches methotrexate and cyclosporine in efficacy when combined with PUVA or UVB phototherapy.
  • —Lynne LambergThe Journal of the American Medical Association4 June 2003
Note: Acitretin is marketed under the trademark Soriatane.

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