- a barbiturate-related substance, C15H12N2O2, used as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of grand mal epilepsy and in focal seizures.
Origin of phenytoin
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- an anticonvulsant drug used in the management of epilepsy and in the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms. Formula: C 15 H 11 N 2 O 2 NaAlso called: diphenylhydantoin sodium
Word Origin for phenytoin
C20: from (di) pheny (lhydan) toin
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- An anticonvulsant drug chemically related to the barbiturates and used most commonly in the treatment of epilepsy.
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