Definition of ribavirin in US English:

ribavirin

noun

Pharmacology
  • A synthetic analogue of guanosine that inhibits viral nucleic acid synthesis and is used especially in the treatment of respiratory syncytial virus infection and chronic hepatitis C.

Origin

1970s; earliest use found in Biochemistry. From rib- + -a- (probably as connective element) + vir- + -in.

Pronunciation

ribavirin

/ˌrʌɪbəˈvʌɪrɪn/