One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek hudōr ‘water’ + allantoic (see allantois) + -in.
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