Definition of pentamidine in English:

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pentamidine

Pronunciation: /penˈtaməˌdēn/

noun

Medicine
A synthetic antibiotic drug used chiefly in the treatment of pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) infection.
Example sentences
  • The growing problem of drug resistance to pentamidine and melarsoprol has driven clinicians to consider combination chemotherapy regimens.
  • For patients that cannot tolerate any of these drugs, weekly inhaled pentamidine is used.
  • Dapsone and inhaled pentamidine are commonly employed alternatives to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxasole, but appear to be somewhat less effective in preventing PCP.

Origin

1940s: from pentane + amide + -ine4.

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