Meaning of “thalidomide” in the English Dictionary

british dictionary

"thalidomide" in British English

See all translations

thalidomidenoun [ U ]

uk /θəˈlɪd.ə.maɪd/ us /θəˈlɪd.ə.maɪd/

a drug that was once used to help people relax or sleep. It was found to cause damage to babies inside the womb, especially by stopping the development of their arms and legs, when it was taken by their mothers.

(Definition of “thalidomide” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)