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mercaptopurine

noun mer·cap·to·pu·rine \(ˌ)mər-ˌkap-tə-ˈpyr-ˌēn\

Definition of MERCAPTOPURINE

:  an antimetabolite C5H4N4S that interferes especially with the metabolism of purine bases and the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and that is sometimes used in the treatment of acute leukemia

Origin of MERCAPTOPURINE

mercaptan + -o- + purine
First Known Use: circa 1952

mercaptopurine

noun mer·cap·to·pu·rine \(ˌ)mər-ˌkap-tə-ˈpy(ə)r-ˌēn\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of MERCAPTOPURINE

:  an antimetabolite C5H4N4S that interferes especially with the metabolism of purine bases and the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and that is sometimes useful in the treatment of acute leukemia

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