Definition of griseofulvin in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɡrizēōˈfo͝olvən/


An antibiotic used against fungal infections of the hair and skin.
  • This antibiotic is obtained from the mold penicillium griseovulvum.
Example sentences
  • The professor said that the antifungal drug, griseofulvin, has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in his laboratory.
  • The most commonly used drug is called griseofulvin, and you usually have to take it for up to 10 weeks.
  • Among the systemic antifungal agents available, griseofulvin, terbinafine and itraconazole are effective.


1930s: from the modern Latin binomial, from medieval Latin griseus 'grayish' + Latin fulvus 'reddish yellow'.

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Syllabification: gris·e·o·ful·vin

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