alprostadil


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al·pros·ta·dil

 (ăl-prŏs′tə-dĭl)
n.
A prostaglandin drug, C20H34O5, that acts as a vasodilator and is used in suppository or injectable form to treat erectile dysfunction.

[Probably al(pha-cyclodextrin), sugar to which the prostaglandin is bound to increase its solubility as a drug + prosta(glandin) + (vaso)dil(ator).]
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Overall, the use of alprostadil by needle injection has proved highly satisfactory.
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