Definition of artemisinin in English:

artemisinin

Line breaks: ar¦te|mi¦si¦nin
Pronunciation: /ˌɑːtɪˈmiːsɪnɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A terpene-based antimalarial substance used in Chinese medicine.
    • The drug is obtained from Artemisia annua, family Compositae
    More example sentences
    • The team started with the Chinese herbal medicine, artemisinin, which has anti-malarial properties.
    • One way of tackling this problem is to simplify the treatment by using rectal quinine or rectal artemisinin or artesunate, which could be given promptly even at basic health facilities.
    • The two most important groups of drugs for malaria treatment are still based on quinine or artemisinin.

Origin

1970s: blend of artemisia and quinine.

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