thalidomide

(redirected from Contergan)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.
Related to Contergan: Softenon

tha·lid·o·mide

 (thə-lĭd′ə-mīd′)
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A sedative and hypnotic drug, C13H10N2O4, withdrawn from general use after it was found to cause severe birth defects when taken during pregnancy.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 currently used to treat leprosy.

[(ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)id(e) + (i)mide.]

thalidomide

(θəˈlɪdəˌmaɪd)
n
(Pathology)
a. a synthetic drug formerly used as a sedative and hypnotic but withdrawn from the market when found to cause abnormalities in developing fetuses. Formula: C13H10N2O4
b. (as modifier): a thalidomide baby.
[C20: from thallic + -id- (from imide) + imide]

tha•lid•o•mide

(θəˈlɪd əˌmaɪd)

n.
a crystalline, slightly water-soluble solid, C13H10N2O4, formerly used as a sedative: if taken during pregnancy, it may cause severe abnormalities in the limbs of the fetus.
[1955–60; (ph)thal(im)ido(glutari)mide = phthalimide (phthal (ic) + imide) + -o- + glutarimide (glut(en) + (tart)ar(ic) + imide)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.thalidomide - a sedative and hypnotic drug; withdrawn from sale after discovered to cause severe birth defects because it inhibits angiogenesis
sedative-hypnotic, sedative-hypnotic drug - a sedative that depresses activity of the central nervous system and reduces anxiety and induces sleep
teratogen - any agent that interferes with normal embryonic development: alcohol or thalidomide or X-rays or rubella are examples
Translations

thalidomide

® [θəˈlɪdəʊmaɪd] Ntalidomida f

thalidomide

[θəˈlɪdəmaɪd] nthalidomide fthalidomide baby nenfant mf victime de la thalidomide

thalidomide

n˜ Contergan® nt, → Thalidomid nt; thalidomide babyContergankind nt

thalidomide

® [θəˈlɪdəʊˌmaɪd] ntalidomide ® m

tha·lid·o·mide

n. talidomida, sedativo e hipnótico, causante probado de malformaciones en niños de madres que tomaron la droga durante el embarazo.

thalidomide

n talidomida
References in periodicals archive ?
Limb deficiency groups, Reach, from the UK, ASSEDEA, from France, Raggiungere and TAI ONLUS from Italy, AVITE from Spain, FfdN from Sweden, HICOHA from Germany, NESOS from Belgium, Contergan Austria and ITSS from Ireland are among those who will be marking the day.
The drug is a powerful sedative and was sold under the brand name Contergan in Germany.
Thalidomide was marketed in the 1950s and 60s as a cure for morning sickness and was sold under the brand name Contergan.