Definition of griseofulvin in English:


Line breaks: griseo|ful¦vin
Pronunciation: /ˌgrɪzɪə(ʊ)ˈfʊlvɪn


[mass noun] Medicine
  • An antibiotic used against fungal infections of the hair and skin.
    • This antibiotic is obtained from the mould Penicillium griseofulvum
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    • 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 'greyish' + Latin fulvus 'reddish yellow'.

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