[ vahy-dar-uh-bahyn ]
/ vaɪˈdær əˌbaɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

an antiviral substance, C10H15N5O4, produced by the bacterium Streptomyces antibioticus and used in immunosuppressed patients for the treatment of serious infections caused by herpesviruses.

Nearby words

  1. vidal,
  2. vidal, gore,
  3. vidalia,
  4. vidalia onion,
  5. vidar,
  6. vide,
  7. vide ante,
  8. vide infra,
  9. vide post,
  10. vide supra

Origin of vidarabine

First recorded in 1975–80; vi(ral) + d- + arab(inose) + (aden)ine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for vidarabine


[ vĭ-dărə-bēn′ ]


A purine nucleoside obtained from a species of Streptomyces and used in the treatment of herpes simplex infections.

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