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zidovudine Line breaks: zi¦dovu|dine
Pronunciation: /zɪˈdɒvjʊdiːn/

Definition of zidovudine in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
An antiviral drug used in the treatment of AIDS. It slows the growth of HIV infection in the body, but is not curative.
Example sentences
  • The drug is indicated for use in patients unresponsive to or intolerant of zidovudine, zalcitabine, or didanosine.
  • Intestinal absorption of penicillin, captopril, ciprofloxacin, quinidine and zidovudine was reported to be reduced when given with food.
  • Aids patients can get a manic syndrome related to the use of ganciclovir, zidovudine, and fluoxetine, which may respond to lithium.


1980s; arbitrary alteration of azidothymidine.

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