Definition of allopurinol in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic drug which inhibits uric acid formation, used to treat gout and related conditions.

    • ‘If gout becomes a problem it can be controlled with a drug called allopurinol.’
    • ‘After this last flare is resolved, he will begin treatment for recurrent gout with allopurinol 100 mg a day and colchicine 0.6 mg twice a day.’
    • ‘A separate study in the United States reported in Circulation showed that the drug allopurinol - used to treat gout - dramatically improved smokers' endothelial function.’
    • ‘Doctors commonly prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs at times of acute attacks and suggest the continued use of the prescription drug allopurinol, which reduces uric acid levels.’
    • ‘Japanese researchers are developing new drugs which work in the same way as allopurinol but are metabolised in the liver rather than the kidneys.’


1960s: from allo- ‘other’ + purine + -ol.