from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An antagonist for one of two types of histamine receptors occurring on the surfaces of cells, especially gastric cells, that inhibits gastric acid secretion and is used primarily in the treatment of duodenal ulcers, gastric ulcers, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
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- n. A furan which blocks the histamine H2-receptors, to prevent the secretion of gastric acid.
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- n. a histamine blocker and antacid (trade name Zantac) used to treat peptic ulcers and gastritis and esophageal reflux
rani- (shortening and alteration of furanyl, containing furan : furan + -yl) + perhaps t(h)io- + d(iam)ine.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A blend of (fu)ran + nit(ro-) + -idine. (Wiktionary)