One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An imidazole derivative that interferes with the synthesis of thyroid hormone and is given orally in the treatment of hyperthyroidism; 1-methylimidazole-2-thiol, C₃H₂N₂(CH₃)(SH). [International Nonproprietary Name (1996): thiamazole.]
1950s; earliest use found in American Journal of the Medical Sciences. From meth- (in methyl: see note s.v. meth-) + im- and -azole.
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