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allopurinol Syllabification: al·lo·pu·ri·nol
Pronunciation: /aləˈpyo͝oriˌnôl/ /-ˌnäl/

Definition of allopurinol in English:


A synthetic drug that inhibits uric acid formation in the body and is used to treat gout and related conditions.
Example sentences
  • A separate study in the United States reported in Circulation showed that the drug allopurinol - used to treat gout - dramatically improved smokers' endothelial function.
  • Doctors commonly prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs at times of acute attacks and suggest the continued use of the prescription drug allopurinol, which reduces uric acid levels.
  • After this last flare is resolved, he will begin treatment for recurrent gout with allopurinol 100 mg a day and colchicine 0.6 mg twice a day.


1960s: from allo- 'other' + purine + -ol.

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