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[ahrs-fen-uh-meen, -min]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. a yellow, crystalline powder, C12H12N2O2As2⋅2HCl⋅2H2O, formerly used to treat diseases caused by spirochete organisms, especially syphilis and trench mouth: first known as “606.”
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Origin of arsphenamine

First recorded in 1915–20; ars(enic) + phen(yl) + amine
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Historical Examples

  • During the past few years some French physicians have reported favorably on the intrarectal administration of arsphenamine.

    The Propaganda for Reform in Proprietary Medicines, Vol. 2 of 2


British Dictionary definitions for arsphenamine


  1. a drug containing arsenic, formerly used in the treatment of syphilis and related infections
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