Definition of griseofulvin in English:

griseofulvin

Syllabification: gris·e·o·ful·vin
Pronunciation: /ˌgrizēəˈfo͝olvin
 
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noun

Medicine
  • An antibiotic used against fungal infections of the hair and skin.
    • This antibiotic is obtained from the mold penicillium griseovulvum
    More 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.

Origin

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

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