desmopressin (dess-moh-press-in) n. a synthetic derivative of vasopressin that causes a decrease in urine output. It is taken orally, intranasally, or intravenously to treat diabetes insipidus, nocturnal enuresis, mild haemophilia, and von Willebrand's disease. Trade names: DDAVP, Desmotabs, Desmospray, Nocutil, Octim.
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