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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a cytotoxic purine analog, C9H7N7O2S, used as an immunosuppressive in organ transplantations and in rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue disorders.
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Origin of azathioprine

1960–65; coinage apparently based on imidazol, thio-, and purine, parts of the chemical name
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British Dictionary definitions for azathioprine


  1. a synthetic drug that suppresses the normal immune responses of the body and is administered orally during and after organ transplantation and also in certain types of autoimmune disease. Formula: C 9 H 7 N 7 O 2 S
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Word Origin

C20: from aza- + thio- + p (u) rine
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azathioprine in Medicine


  1. An immunosuppressive agent used especially to prevent organ rejection in kidney transplant recipients.
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