Definition of disulfiram in English:

disulfiram

noun

Medicine
  • A synthetic compound used in the treatment of alcoholics to make drinking alcohol produce unpleasant aftereffects.

    Also called Antabuse (trademark)
    • ‘The rationale for disulfiram in treating alcoholism is that most alcoholics taking disulfiram will not drink for fear of getting sick.’
    • ‘Outcomes of patients who take disulfiram are improved when the drug is taken under supervision.’
    • ‘I inform my alcohol-dependent patients that disulfiram, at a nickel per pill, may be viewed as inexpensive.’
    • ‘Consuming alcohol after taking disulfiram results in symptoms such as palpitations, flushing, nausea, vomiting, and headache.’
    • ‘Occasionally the modestly toxic disulfiram (Antabuse ®) is useful.’

Origin

1940s: blend of disulfide (see disulfide) and thiuram (from thio- + urea + amide).

Pronunciation:

disulfiram

/dīˈsəlfəˌram/