One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An isomer of aminosalicylic acid, used especially as an alternative to sulphasalazine in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease; 5-amino-2 salicylic acid, C₂H₇NO₃.
1980s; earliest use found in British Approved Names 1981. Origin uncertain; apparently from me- (perhaps alteration of amino-) + sal- + azine.
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