One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A synthetic drug that inhibits uric acid formation in the body and is used to treat gout and related conditions.
- ‘If gout becomes a problem it can be controlled with a drug called allopurinol.’
- ‘Doctors commonly prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs at times of acute attacks and suggest the continued use of the prescription drug allopurinol, which reduces uric acid levels.’
- ‘A separate study in the United States reported in Circulation showed that the drug allopurinol - used to treat gout - dramatically improved smokers' endothelial function.’
- ‘After this last flare is resolved, he will begin treatment for recurrent gout with allopurinol 100 mg a day and colchicine 0.6 mg twice a day.’
- ‘Japanese researchers are developing new drugs which work in the same way as allopurinol but are metabolised in the liver rather than the kidneys.’
1960s: from allo- ‘other’ + purine + -ol.
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