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penicillamine

[ pen-uh-sil-uh-meen, -min ]

noun

, Pharmacology.
  1. a chelating agent, C 5 H 1 1 NO 2 S, produced by the degradation of penicillin, used in the treatment of severe rheumatoid arthritis and in heavy metal poisoning.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of penicillamine1

First recorded in 1940–45; penicill(in) + -amine

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