Definition of acyclovir in English:

acyclovir

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] An antiviral drug used chiefly in the treatment of herpes and AIDS.

    Also called Zovirax (trademark)
    • ‘Bladder infections caused by the herpes virus are usually treated with antiviral drugs such as acyclovir.’
    • ‘When a pregnant woman does come down with chickenpox, she can be treated with the oral antiviral drug acyclovir to help ease symptoms.’
    • ‘Treatment has entered a new era with the development of anti-viral drugs starting with acyclovir, which is beneficial if started in the first 3 days of the illness.’
    • ‘In severe cases an antiviral drug called acyclovir may be prescribed early on in the infection.’
    • ‘There is some benefit from the anti viral drug acyclovir and aggressive anti-pain management, but prevention would be better.’

Origin

1970s: from acycl(ic) + vir(al DNA).

Pronunciation:

acyclovir

/eɪˈsʌɪklə(ʊ)ˌvɪə/