from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A degradation product of penicillin, C5H11NO2S, that is used as a chelating agent and in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, Wilson's disease, and lead poisoning.
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- n. a breakdown product of penicillin used as a chelating drug to treat poisoning by heavy metals etc
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A substance (C5H11NO2S) which is a degradation product of the penicillins. Chemically it is 3-mercapto-D-valine. It has chelating properties and is used in medicine as an antirheumatic and to chelate copper in cases of hepatolenticular degeneration (Wilson's disease).
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- n. a drug (trade name Cuprimine) used to treat heavy metal poisoning and Wilson's disease and severe arthritis
penicill(in) + -amine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)