thalidomide[t̸hə lid′ə mīd′]
a crystalline solid, CHNO, formerly used as a sedative and hypnotic: found to be responsible for severe birth deformities when taken during pregnancy
Origin of thalidomide; from thallic + (im)ido- + (glutari)mide ; from glut(en) + (tart)ar(ic) + imide
A sedative and hypnotic drug, C13H10N2O4, withdrawn from general use after it was found to cause severe birth defects when taken during pregnancy. It is currently used to treat leprosy.
Origin of thalidomide(ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)id(e) + (i)mide.
- (pharmacology) (RS)-2-(2,6-dioxopiperidin-3-yl)-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)dione — C13H10N2O4 — A drug that was sold during the late 1950s and 1960s as a sleeping aid, and to pregnant women as an antiemetic to combat morning sickness and other symptoms, but was withdrawn after being proven to cause severe birth defects, such as phocomelia; currently used to treat leprosy.