mel·​pha·​lan | \ ˈmel-fə-ˌlan How to pronounce melphalan (audio) \

Definition of melphalan

: an antineoplastic drug C13H18Cl2N2O2

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Recent Examples on the Web Only 5 percent of patients had a complete remission after the standard treatment – namely, a steroid and melphalan, an old chemotherapy derived from nitrogen mustard, used in chemical warfare. Marie Mccullough,, "Her identical twin saved her life 25 years ago. Now they're cancer activists," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of melphalan

1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for melphalan

probably from methanol + phenylalanine

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“Melphalan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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mel·​pha·​lan | \ ˈmel-fə-ˌlan How to pronounce melphalan (audio) \

Medical Definition of melphalan

: an antineoplastic drug C13H18Cl2N2O2 that is a derivative of nitrogen mustard and is used especially in the treatment of multiple myeloma

called also L-PAM, phenylalanine mustard, sarcolysin

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