sulphanilamide

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sulphanilic + amide.

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /sʌlfəˈnɪləmaɪd/

Noun[edit]

sulphanilamide (plural sulphanilamides)

  1. (British spelling, pharmacology) The amide of sulphanilic acid, used to treat streptococcal infections; the parent compound of the sulphonamides.
    • 2001: Gerhard Domagk discovered that the red dye Prontosil is active against streptococcal infections in mice and humans. Soon afterward French workers showed that its active antibacterial agent is sulphanilamide. — Leslie Iversen, Drugs: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford 2001,page 9)