metronidazole

[ me-truh-nahy-duh-zohl ]
/ ˌmɛ trəˈnaɪ dəˌzoʊl /

noun Pharmacology.

a synthetic antimicrobial substance, C6H9N3O3, used chiefly in the treatment of infections, such as Trichomonas vaginalis and certain anaerobic bacterial infections.

Nearby words

  1. metrological,
  2. metrologically,
  3. metrology,
  4. metrolymphangitis,
  5. metromalacia,
  6. metronome,
  7. metronomic,
  8. metronymic,
  9. metroparalysis,
  10. metropathia hemorrhagica

Origin of metronidazole

First recorded in 1960–65; contraction of 2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole part of the chemical name

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British Dictionary definitions for metronidazole

metronidazole

/ (ˌmɛtrəˈnaɪdəˌzəʊl) /

noun

a pale yellow crystalline compound used to treat vaginal trichomoniasis. Formula: C 6 H 9 N 3 O 3

Word Origin for metronidazole

C20: from me (thyl) + (ni) tro- + -n- + (im) id (e) + azole

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Medicine definitions for metronidazole

metronidazole

[ mĕt′rə-nīdə-zōl′ ]

n.

A synthetic antimicrobial drug used in the treatment of vaginal trichomoniasis and intestinal amebiasis.

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