Definition of raloxifene
: a drug used orally in the form of its hydrochloride C28H27NO4S·HCl as prophylaxis against osteoporosis after menopause
Origin of raloxifene
ral- (of unknown origin) + -oxifene, alteration of -oxifen (as in tamoxifen)
First Known Use: 1993
Medical Definition of raloxifene
: a drug used orally in the form of its hydrochloride C28H27NO4S·HCl to prevent and treat osteoporosis after menopause and to reduce the risk of developing invasive breast cancer ◆Raloxifene binds to the estrogen receptors of cells and is in a class of drugs known as selective estrogen receptor modulators. It is marketed under the trademark Evista. <Drugs like raloxifene target estrogen receptors to preserve bone mass.—Claudia Kalb, Newsweek, 22 July 2002> <… raloxifene operates as an estrogen agonist in bone but as an antagonist in the breast and uterus.—Gideon A. Rodan et al., Science, 1 Sept. 2000>
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