doxorubicin

noun
doxo·​ru·​bi·​cin | \ ˌdäk-sə-ˈrü-bə-sən How to pronounce doxorubicin (audio) \

Definition of doxorubicin

: an antibiotic with broad antineoplastic activity that is obtained from a bacterium (Streptomyces peucetius) and is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C27H29NO11·HCl

Examples of doxorubicin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The greatest risk is from the chemotherapy drug doxorubicin, an anthracyclin. NBC News, "Breast cancer treatments may increase heart risk, doctors warn," 2 Feb. 2018 The chemotherapy drug, doxorubicin, damaged Shae's heart, but her cancer required the most aggressive treatment possible to stop the tumors from spreading. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Two Chicago Marathon runners connected by one transplanted heart," 29 Sep. 2017 Cheresh added that doxorubicin, which has already been approved for human use, is merely one example of what could be achieved through the nanotherapeutic use of other, highly toxic drugs. Brandon Keim, WIRED, "Drug-Infused Nanoparticles Stop Cancer From Spreading," 7 July 2008

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First Known Use of doxorubicin

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for doxorubicin

deoxy- + -orubicin (as in daunorubicin)

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The first known use of doxorubicin was in 1971

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“Doxorubicin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/doxorubicin. Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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doxorubicin

noun
doxo·​ru·​bi·​cin | \ ˌdäk-sə-ˈrü-bə-sən How to pronounce doxorubicin (audio) \

Medical Definition of doxorubicin

: an anthracycline antibiotic with broad antineoplastic activity that is obtained from a bacterium of the genus Streptomyces (S. peucetius) and is administered in the form of its hydrochloride C27H29NO11·HCl

Note: Doxorubicin is marketed under the trademark Adriamycin and is used in combination with other drugs in the treatment of Hodgkin's lymphoma (see abvd).

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