acyclovir

[ey-sahy-kloh-veer, -kluh-]

noun Pharmacology.

a crystalline compound, C18H11N5O3, used as an antiviral drug in the treatment of herpes infections.

Nearby words

  1. acyanotic,
  2. acyclic,
  3. acyclic compound,
  4. acyclic terpene,
  5. acycloguanosine,
  6. acyl,
  7. acyl anhydride,
  8. acyl coa,
  9. acyl coenzyme a,
  10. acyl group

Origin of acyclovir

1980–85; perhaps acyclo(guanosine) an earlier name for the compound (a-6 + cyclo- + guanosine a nucleotide) + vir(us) or vir(al)

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Medicine definitions for acyclovir

acyclovir

[ā-sīklō-vîr, -klə-]

n.

A synthetic purine nucleoside analog that is derived from guanine and is used in the treatment of herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and varicella zoster viral infections.acycloguanosine

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