Generic Drug Name Stems – Drug Information Portal

Generic Name Stems – Drug Information Portal – U.S. National Library of Medicine

This is a very informative table listing several dozen generic name stems. It’s very useful to look up what a drug does just by analyzing how it’s named.

Drug names used in the NLM Drug Information Portal are structured by committees to reflect the type of condition that the drug is used for.

This is true of most official generic names such as those we label as [USAN] for United States Adopted Name. The table below shows the various name stems used in this effort.

Generic Name Stems

The table has columns for the Generic Name Stem, a Stem Definition, and an Example.

Each stem has hyphens at one or both ends of its text to show that it is found at the beginning, end, or in the middle of a generic name.

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