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an agent that inhibits replication of viruses, used as the sodium salt in treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis and herpes simplex in immunocompromised patients.
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foscarnetAIDS An antiviral for treating CMV colitis, hepatitis, pneumonia, retinitis; acyclovir resistant HSV, nonresponders to gancyclovir; foscarnet inhibits other herpes viruses and HIV; being studied for treatment of KS Adverse effects Renal damage, meatus rash, which may disappear even if foscarnet is discontinued. See AIDS. Cf ddC, ddI, Zidovudine.
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
foscarnetA DNA POLYMERASE INHIBITOR drug used to treat severe herpes infections in immunocompromised people and cytomegalovirus internal eye infections in people with AIDS. A brand name is Foscavir.
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