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antimetabolite

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noun an·ti·me·tab·o·lite \ˌan-tē-mə-ˈta-bə-ˌlīt, ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antimetabolite

  1. :  a substance that replaces or inhibits an organism's utilization of a metabolite



1945

First Known Use of antimetabolite

1945


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antimetabolite

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noun an·ti·me·tab·o·lite \ˌant-i-mə-ˈtab-ə-ˌlīt, ˌan-ˌtī-\

Medical Definition of antimetabolite

  1. :  a substance (as a sulfa drug) that replaces or inhibits the utilization of a metabolite <Antimetabolites, such as methotrexate masquerade as essential nutrients, which the cell uses instead of real nutrients and thus dies.—Jane E. Brody, The New York Times, 15 May 1985> <antimetabolite therapy>

antimetabolic \-ˌmet-ə-ˈbäl-ik\ play adjective <In addition to its antimetabolic effects, methotrexate has immunological effects …—Robert S. Stern, The Lancet, 2 Aug. 1997>



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