Definition of metformin in English:

metformin

noun

Pharmacology
  • A biguanide derivative, C₄H₁₁N₅, used, now chiefly as the hydrochloride, as an oral hypoglycaemic agent in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus; 1,1-dimethylbiguanide.

Origin

1960s; earliest use found in The Lancet. From met- + -formin.

Pronunciation

metformin

/mɛtˈfɔːmɪn/