a crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C13H10N2O4, formerly used as a sedative: if taken during pregnancy, it may cause severe abnormalities in the limbs of the fetus.
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How to use thalidomide in a sentence
There is no evidence Plath ever took thalidomide, a drug developed in 1954 prescribed to treat several symptoms including nausea and anxiety in pregnant women.How Sylvia Plath’s Secret Miscarriage Transforms Our Understanding Of Her Poetry | LGBTQ-Editor | February 15, 2022 | No Straight News
“thalidomide” then graphically evokes the imagery of a lynching.How Sylvia Plath’s Secret Miscarriage Transforms Our Understanding Of Her Poetry | LGBTQ-Editor | February 15, 2022 | No Straight News
Although it was not approved by the Food and Drug Administration, thalidomide was given to Americans in trials.Young, pregnant and unvaccinated: Hospitals confront a wave of severe illness and death | Brittany Shammas | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
It stems in part from the tragedy that followed the prescribing of a sedative, thalidomide, to treat morning sickness in pregnant women in countries around the world during the 1950s.Young, pregnant and unvaccinated: Hospitals confront a wave of severe illness and death | Brittany Shammas | October 8, 2021 | Washington Post
Among the key problems with thalidomide was the way it was manufactured.The 2021 chemistry Nobel rewards a greener way to make medicines | Samanth Subramanian | October 6, 2021 | Quartz
British Dictionary definitions for thalidomide
a synthetic drug formerly used as a sedative and hypnotic but withdrawn from the market when found to cause abnormalities in developing fetuses. Formula: C 13 H 10 N 2 O 4
(as modifier): a thalidomide baby
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Scientific definitions for thalidomide
A drug used to treat leprosy. It was previously prescribed to treat nausea during early pregnancy, but was found to cause severe birth defects, including stunting or absence of the limbs. Chemical formula: C13H10N2O4.
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Cultural definitions for thalidomide
A sedative drug that was developed and used in Europe in the 1960s. Thalidomide was taken off the market when it became evident that it caused severe birth defects in babies born to women who had used the drug during pregnancy.
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