Definition of levamisole in English:

levamisole

Line breaks: lev|ami¦sole
Pronunciation: /lɪˈvamɪsəʊl
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • A synthetic compound used as an anthelmintic drug (especially in animals) and in cancer chemotherapy.
    • A polycyclic imidazole derivative; chemical formula: C11H12N2S
    More example sentences
    • We selected for mutants that were resistant to the anthelmintic drug levamisole.
    • In addition, no persuasive mechanism for the assumed synergism between fluorouracil and levamisole has been found.
    • Drugs assessed in these trials included albendazole, piperazine, mebendazole, levamisole, pyrantel, and tetrachlorethylene.

Origin

1960s: from levo- (it being a laevorotatory isomer) + (tetra)misole, the name of an anthelmintic drug.

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