hy·​droxy·​urea | \hī-ˌdräk-sē-yu̇-ˈrē-ə \

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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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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hy·​droxy·​urea | \-yu̇-ˈrē-ə \

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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