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melphalan

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noun mel·pha·lan \ˈmel-fə-ˌlan\

Definition of melphalan

  1. :  an antineoplastic drug C13H18Cl2N2O2



Origin and Etymology of melphalan

probably from methanol + phenylalanine


First Known Use: 1960


Medical Dictionary

melphalan

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noun mel·pha·lan \ˈmel-fə-ˌlan\

Medical Definition of melphalan

  1. :  an antineoplastic drug C13H18Cl2N2O2 that is a derivative of nitrogen mustard and is used especially in the treatment of multiple myeloma—called also L-PAM, phenylalanine mustard, sarcolysin




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