A nucleoside analog antiviral drug that inhibits the replication of retroviruses such as HIV by interfering with the enzyme reverse transcriptase. Also called ddC .
Origin of zalcitabinezal- ( perhaps alteration of (de)s- ) (variant of de- ) ( al(cohol) ) ( from the missing hydroxyl groups of cytidine ) -citabine nucleoside analog antiviral and anticancer drug suff. ( from shortening and alteration of cytarabine an anticancer drug ) (blend of cytosine ) ( arabinoside compound containing arabinose )
- (pharmacy) The compound 2'-3'-dideoxycytidine, a nucleoside analog reverse transcriptase inhibitor, formerly used in antiretroviral therapy
zal-, of Unknown origin, + citabine, variation of cytidine.