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Definition of thalidomide noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

thalidomide

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//θəˈlɪdəmaɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//θəˈlɪdəmaɪd//
 
[uncountable]
 
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a sedative drug which was used until the 1960s, when it was discovered that if given to pregnant women, it prevented some babies from developing normal arms and legs Word Origin1950s: from (ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)ido + (i)mide.
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