Definition of pentamidine in English:


Line breaks: pent|ami¦dine
Pronunciation: /pɛnˈtamɪdiːn


[mass noun] Medicine
  • A synthetic antibiotic drug used chiefly in the treatment of PCP infection.
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    • 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.

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