[e-tham-byuh-tawl, -tol]

noun Pharmacology.

an antimicrobial substance, C10H24N2O2, active against susceptible bacteria of the genus Mycobacterium, in the treatment, in combination with other drugs, of tuberculosis.

Origin of ethambutol

First recorded in 1960–65; eth(ylene) + am(ine) + but(an)ol Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for ethambutol



a compound used in the treatment of tuberculosis

Word Origin for ethambutol

from eth (ylene) + am (ine) + but (an) ol
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ethambutol in Medicine


[ĕ-thămbyə-tôl′, -tōl′]


An antibacterial drug used in combination with other drugs in the treatment of pulmonary tuberculosis.
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