Selegiline Definition

A drug, C13 H17 N, that is an irreversible inhibitor of a specific type of monoamine oxidase, used in its hydrochloride form in conjunction with levodopa and carbidopa to treat patients with Parkinson's disease.
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Origin of Selegiline

  • Probably sele(ctive) (from its being a selective monoamine oxidase inhibitor) alteration of (par)gyline a closely related drug (ultimately from Latin arg(entum) silver arg- in Indo-European roots) (from the fact that one of the constituents of pargyline was discovered in a precipitate containing silver) (–yl) (–ine)

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

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