American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sedative and hypnotic drug, C13H10N2O4, withdrawn from general use after it was found to cause severe birth defects when taken during pregnancy. It is sometimes prescribed to treat leprosy.
- n. pharmacology (RS)-2-(2,6-dioxopiperidin-3-yl)-1H-isoindole-1,3(2H)dione — C13H10N2O4 — A drug that was sold during the late 1950s and 1960s as a sleeping aid, and to pregnant women as an antiemetic to combat morning sickness and other symptoms, but was withdrawn after being proven to cause severe birth defects, such as phocomelia; currently used to treat leprosy.
- n. a sedative and hypnotic drug; withdrawn from sale after discovered to cause severe birth defects because it inhibits angiogenesis
- (ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)id(e) + (i)mide. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In Britain and elsewhere it was called thalidomide.”
“Some patients today call thalidomide a "miracle" in terms of remission and what is perceived cure.”
“She had heard about a drug called thalidomide that could cure these ulcers and begged her doctor to obtain it from the Brazilian manufacturer.”
“Canada's so-called thalidomide babies are now in late middle age.”
“Von Glasow, who is himself a "thalidomide" (that's how the people in the film refer to themselves; others apparently prefer "thalidomider") with deformed hands projecting from what should have been his elbows, has no patience with the gimp mystique.”
“And we know from experiences such as thalidomide that there are specific times during development of specific risks with specific chemicals.”
“Dangerous drugs like thalidomide could still come to market.”
“She had also said that studies with pregnant women who had been born missing whole or parts of limbs due to the drug thalidomide had been able to carry babies successfully.”
“My guess is that this won't become a big issue unless there is a thalidomide event," Smalley said.”
“Why do you think the comparison to thalidomide might be a problem?”
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