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acyclovir

[ey-sahy-kloh-veer, -kluh-]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. a crystalline compound, C18H11N5O3, used as an antiviral drug in the treatment of herpes infections.
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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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acyclovir

(ā-sīklō-vîr, -klə-)
n.
  1. 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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