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[dahy-suhl-feer-uh m] /ˌdaɪ sʌlˈfɪər əm/
noun, Pharmacology.
a cream-colored, water-insoluble solid, C 10 H 20 N 2 S 4 , used chiefly in the treatment of chronic alcoholism, producing highly unpleasant symptoms when alcohol is taken following its administration.
Also called tetraethylthiuram disulfide.
Origin of disulfiram
1950-55; disulfi(de) + (thiu)ram; see thio-, urea, amyl Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for disulfiram


a drug used in the treatment of alcoholism that acts by inducing nausea and other unpleasant effects following ingestion of alcohol
Word Origin
C20: from tetraethylthiuram disulfide
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disulfiram in Medicine

disulfiram di·sul·fi·ram (dī-sŭl'fə-rām')
An antioxidant used in the treatment of chronic alcoholism that interferes with the normal metabolic degradation of alcohol in the body, producing an unpleasant reaction when a small quantity of alcohol is consumed.

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