griseofulvin

[griz-ee-oh-foo l-vin, -fuhl-, gris-]
noun Pharmacology.
  1. an antibiotic, C17H17ClO6, obtained from a species of Penicillium, used in the treatment of ringworm and other fungous infections of the skin.

Origin of griseofulvin

1935–40; < New Latin griseofulv(um) epithet of a species of Penicillium (equivalent to Medieval Latin grīse(us) griseous + New Latin -o- -o- + Latin fulvum, neuter of fulvus tawny, yellow-brown) + -in2
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British Dictionary definitions for griseofulvin

griseofulvin

noun
  1. an antibiotic used to treat fungal infections

Word Origin for griseofulvin

C20: from New Latin, from Penicillium griseofulvum dierckx (fungus from which it was isolated), from Medieval Latin griseus grey + Latin fulvus reddish yellow
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griseofulvin in Medicine

griseofulvin

[grĭzē-ə-fŭl′vĭn]
n.
  1. An antibiotic administered orally for the treatment of ringworm and other fungal infections of the skin, hair, and nails.
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