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

First recorded in 1975–80; vi(ral) + d- + arab(inose) + (aden)ine
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vidarabine in Medicine


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