Share this entry
pentamidine Line breaks: pent|ami¦dine
Pronunciation: /pɛnˈtamɪdiːn/

Definition of pentamidine in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic antibiotic drug used chiefly in the treatment of PCP infection.
Example sentences
  • The growing problem of drug resistance to pentamidine and melarsoprol has driven clinicians to consider combination chemotherapy regimens.
  • For patients that cannot tolerate any of these drugs, weekly inhaled pentamidine is used.
  • Dapsone and inhaled pentamidine are commonly employed alternatives to trimethoprim-sulfamethoxasole, but appear to be somewhat less effective in preventing PCP.


1940s: from pentane + amide + -ine4.

Definition of pentamidine in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources