hy·​droxy·​urea | \ hī-ˌdräk-sē-yu̇-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce hydroxyurea (audio) \

Definition of hydroxyurea

: a drug CH4N2O2 used especially to treat myeloproliferative disorders (such as polycythemia vera and myelogenous leukemia) and malignant tumors

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Recent Examples on the Web This is in sharp contrast to hydroxyurea which is available in capsules and does not require hospital visits that would be additional costs for patients. Paul Adepoju, Quartz Africa, "A new Sickle cell disease drug holds much promise but most sufferers won’t be able to afford it," 26 Nov. 2019 Current treatments include a 21-year-old cancer drug called hydroxyurea and Endari, approved in 2017. Washington Post, "US approves new drug to manage sickle cell disease," 15 Nov. 2019 The most effective sickle cell drug, hydroxyurea, has hardly even been studied in sub-Saharan Africa, let alone made widely available. Sharon Begley, STAT, "NIH and Gates Foundation launch effort to bring genetic cures for HIV, sickle cell disease to world’s poor," 23 Oct. 2019 Among the treatments currently used is a medication called hydroxyurea, which can stimulate the production of fetal hemoglobin. Michael Nedelman And Minali Nigam, CNN, "Trial underway in US uses CRISPR gene-editing in people with severe sickle cell disease," 30 July 2019 The patients in the trial are divided into two groups, one also receiving a pain relief drug called hydroxyurea and one not receiving it. Tess Vrbin, courant.com, "Sickle cell treatment drug shows signs of working in clinical trial, UConn researchers say," 19 June 2019 Your doctor can treat sickle cell anemia with a variety of medications, including antibiotics to ward off life-threatening infections, pain-relieving medications, and hydroxyurea, a medication that can prevent episodes of pain, the Mayo Clinic says. Korin Miller, SELF, "10 Things That Can Cause Blood in Your Urine," 19 Sep. 2018 Vaughan, who lives in Baltimore, was worried about giving her daughter the drug hydroxyurea to treat the disease. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County family provides support for sickle cell disease patients," 11 July 2018 The primary treatment today is hydroxyurea, a generic drug. Michelle Fay Cortez, chicagotribune.com, "Sickle-cell disease gets rush of gene-based research," 12 Dec. 2017

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1949, in the meaning defined above

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“Hydroxyurea.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hydroxyurea. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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hy·​droxy·​urea | \ -yu̇-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce hydroxyurea (audio) \

Medical Definition of hydroxyurea

: an antineoplastic drug CH4N2O2 used especially to treat myeloproliferative disorders (as chronic myelogenous leukemia, polycythemia vera, and thrombocythemia) and malignant tumors

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