Share this entry
primaquine Line breaks: prima|quine
Pronunciation: /ˈprʌɪməkwiːn/

Definition of primaquine in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic compound derived from quinoline, used in the treatment of malaria.
Example sentences
  • Several other drugs have been evaluated, including tetracycline, primaquine, sulfadiazine and pyrimethamine (Fansidar).
  • Fifteen years ago, surveys done by the Ministry of Health found that most people on the island nation carry an enzyme that renders primaquine, a common anti-malarial drug, useless.
  • The authors also discuss the use of primaquine and other 8-aminoquinoline compounds that are being investigated for malarial prophylaxis in resistant areas.


1940s: apparently from Latin prima (feminine of primus 'first') + quin(olin)e.

Definition of primaquine in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources