Definition of arsphenamine in English:


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Pronunciation: /ɑːsˈfɛnəmiːn
, -ɪn/


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A synthetic organic arsenic compound formerly used to treat syphilis and other diseases. See also Ehrlich, Paul.
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    • In 1910, with his Japanese colleague Sahachiro Hata, he developed arsphenamine, a synthetic preparation containing arsenic, which sold under the name of Salvarsan.
    • He also discovered a treatment for syphilis using arsphenamine in 1910.
    • Two month courses of intravenous arsphenamine would then be alternated with intramuscular Bismuth.


early 20th century: blend of arsenic, phenyl, and amine.

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