One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A substituted benzimidazole which is a proton pump inhibitor and inhibits secretion of gastric acid, being given orally in the treatment of ulcers and gastro-oesophageal reflux; 5-methoxy-2-(4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridylmethylsulfinyl)benzimidazole, C₁₇H₁₉N₃O₃S. [Trademarks for this drug include Losec and Prilosec.]
1980s; earliest use found in WHO Chronicle. From o- + me- + pr- + az- + -ole.
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