Definition of thalidomide in English:
A drug formerly used as a sedative, but withdrawn in the early 1960s after it was found to cause congenital malformation or absence of limbs in children whose mothers took the drug during early pregnancy.
- Kevin is one of the many people born with shortened limbs after his mother took thalidomide to treat morning sickness during pregnancy.
- Cases of phocomelia in the early 1960's in Germany and Australia led to the identification of thalidomide as a human teratogen.
- Medications like thalidomide or isotretinon can cause tragic birth defects.
1950s: from (ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)ido + (i)mide.
Words that rhyme with thalidomideselenide • cyanide
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