cis·​plat·​in (ˌ)sis-ˈpla-tᵊn How to pronounce cisplatin (audio)
: a platinum-containing antineoplastic drug Cl2H6N2Pt used especially in the treatment of testicular and ovarian tumors and advanced bladder cancer

Examples of cisplatin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a survey of 27 cancer care sites conducted in May, 93 percent reported a carboplatin shortage, and 70 percent reported a cisplatin shortage. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, 18 Sep. 2023 More than a dozen cancer drugs have been in shortage in recent months, including cisplatin and carboplatin, used to treat lung, breast, prostate and gynecologic cancers. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 Two main chemotherapy drugs, cisplatin and carboplatin, are deployed as frontline medicines in cocktails used to shrink or eliminate tumors. Christina Jewett, New York Times, 26 June 2023 Both surveys focused mostly on two platinum drugs, carboplatin and cisplatin, that are prescribed to treat multiple cancer types, including lung, breast, prostate, and gynecologic cancers, as well as many leukemias and lymphomas. Elizabeth Cooney, STAT, 5 Oct. 2023 The Biden administration has taken steps to address the crisis, in some cases successfully: Doctors say that shortages of two cancer drugs, carboplatin and cisplatin, have eased significantly in recent weeks. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC News, 25 Sep. 2023 The National Cancer Institute said cisplatin and similar drugs are prescribed for 10% to 20% of all cancer patients. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2023 The price for another chemotherapy drug, cisplatin, jumped from around $39 to about $195. Jessica Klingbaum, NBC News, 17 Aug. 2023 Turning platinum into cisplatin is a challenging process, Gupton said. Berkeley Lovelace Jr., NBC news, 11 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


cis- + platinum

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cisplatin was in 1977

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“Cisplatin.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


cis·​plat·​in ˈsis-ˌplat-ᵊn How to pronounce cisplatin (audio)
: a platinum-containing antineoplastic drug Cl2H6N2Pt that functions as an alkylating agent, produces crosslinks in DNA between and within strands, and is used especially as a palliative therapy in testicular and ovarian tumors and in advanced bladder cancer see platinol
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