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disulfiram

[ dahy-suhl-feer-uhm ]
/ ˌdaɪ sʌlˈfɪər əm /
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noun Pharmacology.

a cream-colored, water-insoluble solid, C10H20N2S4, used chiefly in the treatment of chronic alcoholism, producing highly unpleasant symptoms when alcohol is taken following its administration.

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Also called tetraethylthiuram disulfide.

Origin of disulfiram

1950–55; disulfi(de) + (thiu)ram;see thio-, urea, amyl
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British Dictionary definitions for disulfiram

disulfiram
/ (ˌdaɪsʌlˈfɪərəm) /

noun

a drug used in the treatment of alcoholism that acts by inducing nausea and other unpleasant effects following ingestion of alcohol

Word Origin for disulfiram

C20: from tetraethylthiu ram disulfi de
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Medical definitions for disulfiram

disulfiram
[ dī-sŭlfə-răm′ ]

n.

An antioxidant used in the treatment of chronic alcoholism that interferes with the normal metabolic degradation of alcohol in the body, producing an unpleasant reaction when a small quantity of alcohol is consumed.
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