Definition of griseofulvin in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • An antibiotic used against fungal infections of the hair and skin.

    This antibiotic is obtained from the mould Penicillium griseofulvum

    • ‘Among the systemic antifungal agents available, griseofulvin, terbinafine and itraconazole are effective.’
    • ‘The professor said that the antifungal drug, griseofulvin, has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in his laboratory.’
    • ‘While oral griseofulvin was sometimes used, it was irregularly absorbed, and prolonged therapy of up to 24 months was sometimes required.’
    • ‘The only licensed treatment is oral griseofulvin.’
    • ‘The most commonly used drug is called griseofulvin, and you usually have to take it for up to 10 weeks.’


1930s: from the modern Latin binomial, from medieval Latin griseus ‘greyish’ + Latin fulvus ‘reddish yellow’.