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artesunate

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noun ar·tes·u·nate \ är-ˈte-zə-ˌnāt \

medical Definition of artesunate

:an antimalarial drug C19H28O8 that is a semisynthetic, water-soluble, derivative of artemisinin taken orally or administered by intramuscular or intravenous injection
  • Artemisinin is made from the leaves of the Chinese wormwood shrub, and the drugs artesunate and artemether are derivatives known to kill the parasites that cause malaria.
  • —Janet Raloff,  Science News16 June 2007
Note: When used orally, artesunate is typically combined with another antimalarial drug, such as mefloquine or amodiaquine.
— compare artemether

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