Metformin meaning

mĕt-fôrmĭn
An oral antidiabetic agent, C4 H11 N5 , that decreases glucose production by the liver and lowers plasma glucose levels.
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An oral hypoglycemic drug, C4 H11 N5 , usually used in its hydrochloride form, that decreases glucose production by the liver and increases peripheral glucose uptake, used to treat type 2 diabetes.
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A popular oral drug for the treatment of diabetes, having the chemical formula C4H11N5
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Origin of metformin

  • Probably met(hyl) form(ic acid) –in

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