Definition of acyclovir in English:

acyclovir

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

[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.

Origin

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

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