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sulfa

[suhl-fuh]Pharmacology
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adjective
  1. related chemically to sulfanilamide.
  2. pertaining to, consisting of, or involving a sulfa drug or drugs.
noun
  1. sulfa drug.

Origin of sulfa

First recorded in 1935–40; short for sulfanilamide
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  • Had to try a new derivative, Sylvester, but the sulfa series was the right approach.

    Mate in Two Moves

    Winston Marks

  • If the sulfa deposits out in the very glands it's there to protect, how could you be suffering another attack?

    Mate in Two Moves

    Winston Marks


Word Origin and History for sulfa

1942, short name for the group of drugs derived from sulfanilamide ("amide of sulfanilic acid," which is so called because it is a sulphonic derivative of the dye-stuff aniline), and shortened from that word. (The usual British English spelling is sulpha.)

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sulfa in Medicine

sulfa

(sŭlfə)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or containing sulfanilamide or any sulfa drug.
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