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penicillamine

[ pen-uh-sil-uh-meen, -min ]
/ ˌpɛn əˈsɪl əˌmin, -mɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.
a chelating agent, C5H11NO2S, produced by the degradation of penicillin, used in the treatment of severe rheumatoid arthritis and in heavy metal poisoning.
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Origin of penicillamine

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

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