One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An anthelmintic drug which has been used in the treatment of schistosomiasis (bilharzia) and is usually given orally; 1-(5-nitrothiazol-2-yl) imidazolidin-2-one, C₆H₆N₄O₃S.
1960s; earliest use found in The British Medical Journal. Apparently from ni- (in nitro-) + -r- (perhaps an arbitrary element) + -idazole, representing components of the molecular structure.
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