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noun, Pharmacology.
any of a group of drugs closely related in chemical structure to sulfanilamide, having a bacteriostatic rather than a bacteriocidal effect: used in the treatment of various wounds, burns, and infections.
any of a group of sulfonamide compounds that inhibit the activity of bacteria and are used in medicine to treat bacterial infections

sulfa drug n.
Any of a group of synthetic organic compounds, derived chiefly from sulfanilamide, chemically similar to PABA and capable of inhibiting bacterial growth and activity by interfering with the metabolic processes in bacteria that require PABA. Also called sulfonamide.
sulfa drug
See under sulfonamide.


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