ribavirin

[rahy-buh-vahy-rin]

noun Pharmacology.

a synthetic compound, C8H12N4O5, active against several DNA and RNA viruses.

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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Medicine definitions for ribavirin

ribavirin

[rībə-vī′rĭn]

n.

A synthetic antiviral ribonucleoside that inhibits DNA and RNA replication.
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