noun Pharmacology.

an antibacterial substance, C12H12N2O2S, used to treat leprosy and certain forms of dermatitis.

Origin of dapsone

1965–70; d(i)a(minodi)p(henyl) sulfone
Also called DDS
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British Dictionary definitions for dapsone



an antimicrobial drug used to treat leprosy and certain types of dermatitis. Formula: C 12 H 12 N 2 O 2 S

Word Origin for dapsone

C20: from d (i) a (minodi) p (henyl) s (ulph) one
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dapsone in Medicine


[dăpsōn′, -zōn′]


An antibacterial drug used primarily to treat leprosy and some forms of dermatitis.
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