Acyclovir Definition

ā-sīklō-vîr, -klə-
A synthetic, white, crystalline powder, C8H11O3N5, used as a drug to treat infections caused by various types of herpesviruses.
Webster's New World
A synthetic purine nucleoside analog, C8 H10 N5 O3 , derived from guanine and used in the treatment of herpes simplex, herpes zoster, and varicella-zoster virus infections.
American Heritage Medicine

(pharmacology) An antiviral drug used in the treatment of genital herpes.


Origin of Acyclovir

  • acyclo(guanosine) (a–) (cyclo–) (guanosine) (anti)vir(al)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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