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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
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Origin of MERCAPTOPURINE

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

mercaptopurine

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

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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