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 Origin 1950s: from (ph)thal(ic acid) + (im)ido + (i)mide.
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