Definition of acetylcysteine in English:

acetylcysteine

noun

Biochemistry Pharmacology
  • An acetylated form of the amino acid cysteine, which is an antioxidant used as a mucolytic agent and in the treatment of paracetamol poisoning.

Origin

1930s; earliest use found in Journal of the American Chemical Society. From acetyl + cysteine.

Pronunciation

acetylcysteine

/ˌasɪtɪlˈsɪstɪiːn//ˌasɪtʌɪlˈsɪsteɪn//ˌasɪtʌɪlˈsɪstɪiːn/