Definition of phenytoin in English:

phenytoin

Line breaks: pheny|toin
Pronunciation: /fɛˈnɪtəʊɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • A synthetic compound related to hydantoin, used as an anticonvulsant in the treatment of epilepsy.
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    • Anticonvulsants, such as phenytoin and carbamazepine, may be given to control epileptic fits.
    • Drugs called anti-convulsants, such as phenytoin and valproic acid, are used to stop the involuntary action of the diaphragm.
    • The anticonvulsant drugs phenytoin and valproic acid appear to interfere with folate absorption.

Origin

1940s: blend of phenyl and hydantoin.

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