Definition of disulfiram in English:


Line breaks: disulfiram
Pronunciation: /dʌɪˈsʌlfɪram


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound used in the treatment of alcoholics to make drinking alcohol produce unpleasant after-effects. Also called Antabuse ( trademark ).
More example sentences
  • The rationale for disulfiram in treating alcoholism is that most alcoholics taking disulfiram will not drink for fear of getting sick.
  • Occasionally the modestly toxic disulfiram (Antabuse ®) is useful.
  • Consuming alcohol after taking disulfiram results in symptoms such as palpitations, flushing, nausea, vomiting, and headache.


1940s: blend of disulfide (see disulphide) and thiuram (from thio- + urea + amide).

Definition of disulfiram in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day bogle
Pronunciation: ˈbəʊɡ(ə)l
a phantom or goblin