[ rem-des-uh-veer ]

  1. an antiviral medicine, first used to fight the Ebola virus, that prevents an RNA-based virus from reproducing within an infected cell by blocking it from replicating its viral genome:The hunt was on to find older antiviral drugs like remdesivir that could be repurposed to treat the new virus.

Origin of remdesivir

First recorded in 2015–20; rem- prefix of unknown origin + -desi- infix, probably an alteration of adenosine, designating an adenosine analog + -vir shortening of virus or viral, a combining form designating an antiviral compound; see adenosine

Words Nearby remdesivir Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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