alkylating agent

noun

: a substance that causes replacement of hydrogen by an alkyl group especially in a biologically important molecule
specifically : one with mutagenic activity that inhibits cell division and growth and is used to treat some cancers

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alkylating agent was in 1900

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“Alkylating agent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alkylating%20agent. Accessed 3 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

alkylating agent

noun

: a substance that causes replacement of hydrogen by an alkyl group especially in a biologically important molecule
specifically : one with mutagenic activity that inhibits cell division and growth and is used to treat some cancers

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