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[mass noun] A synthetic non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, inhaled to prevent asthmatic attacks and allergic reactions.
- ‘Using this process as his ‘discovery model,’ he identified disodium cromoglycate, which was eventually marketed as an antiasthmatic drug.’
- ‘Although several drugs such as ketotifen, sodium cromoglycate, sodium nedocromil, and theophylline have anti-inflammatory properties, they are less effective than inhaled glucocorticoids.’
- ‘Drops containing the active ingredient cromoglycate are most widely used.’
- ‘The 17 studies of sodium cromoglycate tended to involve small numbers of patients, differed in outcome measures, and showed evidence of publication bias.’
- ‘No side effects were reported with use of antihistamines, nasal corticosteroids, or cromoglycate.’
Mid 20th century: from an alteration of chromone (a bicyclic ketone) + glyc(erol) + -ate.
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