from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A drug, C15H22O5, derived from a species of artemisia (Artemisia annua) or produced synthetically and used to treat malaria that is resistant to conventional drug therapy.

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  • noun medicine an anti-malarial drug derived from the wormwood shrub, found as the active ingredient in traditional Chinese medical herbal treatment for malaria, chemically a sesquiterpene lactone


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  • Experts say it may only be a matter of time before the highly adaptable malaria parasite evolves to outsmart the compound artemisinin, which is currently the best – and last – line of defence against the disease.

    A matter of time

  • At the same time, there are worrying signs that the malaria parasite in parts of Southeast Asia is becoming resistant to artemisinin, which is the mainstay of combination therapy for as many as 100 million patients world-wide.

    New Malaria Drug Candidate Holds Promise

  • The drug that is most effective at treating malaria is called artemisinin: it shocks the parasite out of your system and saves your life.

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  • If approved, Coartem would be the first so-called artemisinin-based combination therapy, or ACT, for malaria on the U.S. market.

    Novartis Malaria Drug Is Safe, Effective, FDA Says

  • Now, this plant is an Artemisia plant, it's the basic component for artemisinin, which is the best-known treatment for malaria.

    Jacqueline Novogratz on patient capitalism

  • So, a team of Berkeley researchers with 15 million dollars from the Gates Foundation is engineering, designing a radical new way to make the key ingredient, called artemisinin, and they're going to make that drug 10 times cheaper.

    John Doerr sees salvation and profit in greentech

  • Medical workers are turning to a new drug called artemisinin, derived from a herb indigenous to Asia.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • So scientists began mixing it with slower but more persistent drugs, creating what is now called artemisinin combination therapy.

    The Seattle Times

  • Science features news articles focusing on recent progress on malaria - and in recent years, there have been major successes, "Science reports in a piece that attributes such successes to" the widespread introduction of insecticide-treated bed nets, indoor spraying, and a new generation of drugs called artemisinin-based combination therapies


  • In recent years a new type of treatment called artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACTs) has transformed the treatment of malaria, but if not used properly the medicine could become ineffective.

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