sulfa

[ suhl-fuh ]
/ ˈsʌl fə /
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adjective

related chemically to sulfanilamide.
pertaining to, consisting of, or involving a sulfa drug or drugs.

noun

Origin of sulfa

First recorded in 1935–40; short for sulfanilamide
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sulfa


1942, short name for the group of drugs derived from sulfanilamide ("amide of sulfanilic acid," which is so called because it is a sulphonic derivative of the dye-stuff aniline), and shortened from that word. (The usual British English spelling is sulpha.)

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Medicine definitions for sulfa

sulfa

[ sŭlfə ]

adj.

Of, relating to, or containing sulfanilamide or any sulfa drug.
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