Definition of arsphenamine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ärsˈfenəmən/ Pronunciation: /-ˌmēn/


A synthetic organic arsenic compound formerly used to treat syphilis and other diseases.
Example sentences
  • In 1910, with his Japanese colleague Sahachiro Hata, he developed arsphenamine, a synthetic preparation containing arsenic, which sold under the name of Salvarsan.
  • He also discovered a treatment for syphilis using arsphenamine in 1910.
  • Two month courses of intravenous arsphenamine would then be alternated with intramuscular Bismuth.


Early 20th century: blend of arsenic, phenyl, and amine.

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Syllabification: ars·phen·a·mine

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