Definition of metronidazole in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic drug used to treat trichomoniasis and some similar infections.

    Chemical formula: C₆H₉N₃O₃

    • ‘The standard perioperative care consisted of lactulose, metronidazole and analgesics.’
    • ‘The patient was treated with cefepime, vancomycin hydrochloride, metronidazole, tobramycin sulfate, and granulocyte-colony stimulating factor.’
    • ‘Because of the risks to infants whose mothers have trichomonas, some researchers have recommended that pregnant women who have the infection be treated with the antibiotic metronidazole.’
    • ‘Other antibiotics include clindamycin, metronidazole, and trimethoprim.’
    • ‘Enteric flora modification with antibiotics, such as metronidazole or neomycin, is a second-line treatment, and can be used in combination with lactulose.’


1960s: from me(thyl) + (ni)tro- + (im)idazole.