sulfa drug

noun
antibacterial consisting of any of several synthetic organic compounds capable of inhibiting the growth of bacteria that require PABA
Syn: ↑sulfa, ↑sulpha, ↑sulfonamide
Hypernyms: ↑antibacterial, ↑antibacterial drug, ↑bactericide
Hyponyms:

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noun
: any of a class of synthetic organic antibacterial usually crystalline drugs (as sulfadiazine or sulfathiazole) that are sulfonamides closely related chemically to sulfanilamide

the sulfa drugs are antibacterial agents, bacteriostatic rather than germicidal in action, which are used alone or in various combinations with each other or with antibiotics in the treatment of many types of infection such as those caused by β-hemolytic streptococci or pneumococci — M.E.Hultquist

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Pharm.
any of a group of drugs closely related in chemical structure to sulfanilamide, having a bacteriostatic rather than a bacteriocidal effect: used in the treatment of various wounds, burns, and infections. Also called sulfa.
[1935-40]

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • sulfa drug — Pharm. any of a group of drugs closely related in chemical structure to sulfanilamide, having a bacteriostatic rather than a bacteriocidal effect: used in the treatment of various wounds, burns, and infections. Also called sulfa. [1935 40] * * *… …   Universalium

  • sulfa drug — (Roget s IV) n. Varieties include: sulfathiazole, sulfanilamide, sulfapyridine, sulfadiazole, sulmefrin; see also drug 2 …   English dictionary for students

  • sulfa drug — sul′fa drug n. pha any of a group of drugs closely related in chemical structure to sulfanilamide, having a bacteriostatic effect: used in the treatment of various wounds, burns, and infections • Etymology: 1935–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • sulfa drug — noun Date: 1940 any of various synthetic organic bacteria inhibiting drugs that are sulfonamides derived especially from sulfanilamide …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sulfa drug — noun Antibiotic drugs related to sulphonamide in chemical structure, tending to be bacteriostatic rather than bacteriocidal …   Wiktionary

  • sulfa drug — any of a group of synthetic organic compounds which inhibit bacterial growth …   English contemporary dictionary

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