Definition of artemisinin in US English:

artemisinin

noun

  • another term for qinghaosu
    • ‘The team started with the Chinese herbal medicine, artemisinin, which has anti-malarial properties.’
    • ‘The Chinese have been using artemisinin for more than 2000 years to treat a variety of ailments.’
    • ‘The two most important groups of drugs for malaria treatment are still based on quinine or artemisinin.’
    • ‘In the following decade, Chinese scientists based at the institute devised an inexpensive synthetic version of their antimalarial drug artemisinin.’
    • ‘One way of tackling this problem is to simplify the treatment by using rectal quinine or rectal artemisinin or artesunate, which could be given promptly even at basic health facilities.’

Origin

1970s: blend of artemisia and quinine.

Pronunciation

artemisinin

/ˌärtəˈmēsənin/