Definition of hydantoin in English:

hydantoin

noun

Chemistry
  • A crystalline compound present in sugar beet and used in the manufacture of some anticonvulsant drugs.

    • ‘Drugs that have been implicated include penicillin, aminopenicillins, sulfonamides, allopurinol, thiazides, quinolones, hydantoins, and propylthiouracil.’
    • ‘They were working to create antimicrobial coatings by incorporating a molecule called hydantoin into fluorine-containing polymer chains.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek hudōr water + allantoic (see allantois) + -in.

Pronunciation:

hydantoin

/hīˈdantəwən/