One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for dideoxycytidine
- ‘These antiretroviral drugs include zidovudine, zalcitabine and fialuridine.’
- ‘The drug is indicated for use in patients unresponsive to or intolerant of zidovudine, zalcitabine, or didanosine.’
- ‘The combination of zalcitabine and didanosine or stavudine is not recommended because of overlapping toxicities.’
1990s: from zal- (of unknown origin) + -citabine apparently formed by arbitrary alteration of cytidine.
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