Definition of acyclovir in English:


Line breaks: acyclo|vir
Pronunciation: /eɪˈsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˌvɪə


[mass noun] Medicine
An antiviral drug used chiefly in the treatment of herpes and AIDS. Also called Zovirax ( trademark ).
More example sentences
  • Treatment has entered a new era with the development of anti-viral drugs starting with acyclovir, which is beneficial if started in the first 3 days of the illness.
  • Bladder infections caused by the herpes virus are usually treated with antiviral drugs such as acyclovir.
  • There is some benefit from the anti viral drug acyclovir and aggressive anti-pain management, but prevention would be better.


1970s: from acycl(ic) + vir(al DNA).

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