Definition of dapsone in English:

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dapsone

Pronunciation: /ˈdapsōn/

noun

Medicine
A sulfur compound with bacteriostatic action, used chiefly in the treatment of leprosy.
  • Alternative name: bis(4-aminophenyl)sulfone; chemical formula: (H2NC6H4)2SO2
Example sentences
  • Multidrug treatment with the antibiotic combination rifampicin, dapsone, and clofazimine is highly effective in curing infection, with relapse rates of 1%.
  • Patients will experience prompt relief of lesions within one to two days of initializing treatment with dapsone or sulfapyridine.
  • The sulfone antibiotic dapsone often is recommended, although no prospective trials support its use for bites in humans.

Origin

1950s: from elements of its alternative systematic name dipara-aminophenyl sulfone.

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