Definition of ranitidine in English:



mass nounMedicine
  • A synthetic compound with antihistamine properties, used to treat ulcers and related conditions.

    Also called Zantac (a trademark)
    • ‘Not everyone will be able to use nonprescription ranitidine instead of Nexium, but those who can will save a significant sum.’
    • ‘Another trial found no significant benefit from the use of ranitidine in patients with infectious mononucleosis.’
    • ‘These symptoms were not present while the patient was receiving clozapine plus ranitidine.’
    • ‘These chemical burns resulted despite treatment with ranitidine.’
    • ‘The absorption of cimetidine and ranitidine is accelerated when coadministered with cisapride.’


1970s: blend of furan and nitro-, + -ide + -ine.