Definition of thalidomide in English:

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thalidomide

Pronunciation: /THəˈlidəˌmīd/

noun

A drug formerly used as a sedative, but withdrawn in the early 1960s after it was found to cause congenital malformation or absence of limbs in children whose mothers took the drug during early pregnancy.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

1950s: from (ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)ido + (i)mide.

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Syllabification: tha·lid·o·mide

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