- a synthetic antimicrobial substance, C6H9N3O3, used chiefly in the treatment of infections, such as Trichomonas vaginalis and certain anaerobic bacterial infections.
Origin of metronidazole
First recorded in 1960–65; contraction of 2-methyl-5-nitroimidazole part of the chemical name
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- a pale yellow crystalline compound used to treat vaginal trichomoniasis. Formula: C 6 H 9 N 3 O 3
C20: from me (thyl) + (ni) tro- + -n- + (im) id (e) + azole
- A synthetic antimicrobial drug used in the treatment of vaginal trichomoniasis and intestinal amebiasis.
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