from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A synthetic drug analogue of pyrophosphate that acts primarily on bone to inhibit its resorption and is used to treat and prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
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- n. Any salt or ester of alendronic acid
- n. The sodium salt of alendronic acid used to treat osteoporosis
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- n. a tablet (trade name Fosamax) prescribed to prevent or treat osteoporosis in women after menopause
Probably a(mino) + (buty)l(id)en(e), a bivalent hydrocarbon radical (butyl + -id(e) + -ene) + (hy)dr(oxy) + (phosph)onate, chemical compound name (phosphon(ium) + -ate2).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)