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noun Pharmacology.
any of a group of drugs closely related in chemical structure to sulfanilamide, having a bacteriostatic rather than a bacteriocidal effect: used in the treatment of various wounds, burns, and infections.
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Also called sulfa.

Origin of sulfa drug

First recorded in 1935–40
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British Dictionary definitions for sulfa drug

sulfa drug
/ (ˈsʌlfə) /

noun
any of a group of sulfonamide compounds that inhibit the activity of bacteria and are used in medicine to treat bacterial infections
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Scientific definitions for sulfa drug

sulfa drug
[ sŭlfə ]

See under sulfonamide.
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