artemisinin

noun

ar·​te·​mis·​i·​nin ˌärt-ə-ˈmis-ᵊn-ən How to pronounce artemisinin (audio)
: an antimalarial drug C15H22O5 that is a peroxide derivative of sesquiterpene, is obtained from the leaves of a Chinese artemisia (Artemisia annua) or is made synthetically, and is typically administered with other antimalarial agents (as mefloquine or amodiaquine)
… a new synthetic biology technique that produces artemisinin in a vat may act as a buffer against potential supply crises.Katherine Bourzac, Discover
On the Thai-Cambodian border, a rogue strain of malaria has started to resist artemisinin, the only remaining effective drug in the world's arsenal against malaria's most deadly strain, Plasmodium falciparum.Christopher Shay, Time
see artemether, artesunate

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“Artemisinin.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/artemisinin. Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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