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ribavirin

[ rahy-buh-vahy-rin ]
/ ˈraɪ bəˌvaɪ rɪn /
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noun Pharmacology.
a synthetic compound, C8H12N4O5, active against several DNA and RNA viruses.
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Origin of ribavirin

1965–70; probably by shortening and alteration of ribofuranosyl, a component of its chemical name (see ribose, furan, -ose2, -yl) + vir(us) + -in2
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