Definition of chloroquine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈklɔːrə(ʊ)kwiːn/
Pronunciation: /ˈklɒrə(ʊ)kwiːn/


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic drug related to quinoline, used against malaria.
Example sentences
  • Doctors treat malaria by using anti-malarial drugs, such as chloroquine or quinine.
  • Quinine formed the basis for synthesising the commonly used antimalarial drugs, chloroquine and mefloquine.
  • The situation is becoming more difficult because the most widely used antimalarial drug chloroquine is losing its effectiveness.


1940s: from chloro- + quin(olin)e.

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