Definition of dapsone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdapsəʊn/


[mass noun] Medicine
A sulphur compound with bacteriostatic action, used in the treatment of leprosy.
  • Chemical formula: (H2NC6H4)2SO2.
Example sentences
  • Multidrug treatment with the antibiotic combination rifampicin, dapsone, and clofazimine is highly effective in curing infection, with relapse rates of 1%.
  • Patients will experience prompt relief of lesions within one to two days of initializing treatment with dapsone or sulfapyridine.
  • The sulfone antibiotic dapsone often is recommended, although no prospective trials support its use for bites in humans.


1950s: from elements of its alternative systematic name dipara-aminophenyl sulphone.

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