acarbose

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From a- +‎ carb +‎ -ose.

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acarbose (uncountable)

  1. (pharmacology) An antidiabetic drug C25H43NO18 (trademark Precose) that is taken orally as a tablet in the treatment of type 2 diabetes. It is an oligosaccharide produced by fermentation of a bacterium (Actinoplanes utahensis). The drug slows the absorption of glucose in the small intestine by inhibiting enzymes that break down complex carbohydrates.

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  • Davis's Drug Guide for Nurses, (Can we date this quote?)
  • acarbose”, in Merriam–Webster Online Dictionary.