azathioprine

[ az-uh-thahy-uh-preen ]
/ ˌæz əˈθaɪ əˌprin /

noun Pharmacology.

a cytotoxic purine analog, C9H7N7O2S, used as an immunosuppressive in organ transplantations and in rheumatoid arthritis and connective tissue disorders.

Nearby words

  1. azanian,
  2. azapo,
  3. azariah,
  4. azaspirodecanedione,
  5. azatadine maleate,
  6. azazel,
  7. azaña,
  8. azaña, manuel,
  9. azbine,
  10. azcapotzalco

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

azathioprine

/ (ˌæzəˈθaɪəˌpriːn) /

noun

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

Word Origin for azathioprine

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

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Medicine definitions for azathioprine

azathioprine

[ ăz′ə-thīə-prēn′ ]

n.

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

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