mercaptopurine

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noun mer·cap·to·pu·rine \(ˌ)mər-ˌkap-tə-ˈpyu̇r-ˌēn\

Definition of mercaptopurine

  1. :  an antimetabolite C5H4N4S that interferes especially with the metabolism of purine bases and the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and that is sometimes used in the treatment of acute leukemia

Origin and Etymology of mercaptopurine

mercaptan + -o- + purine


First Known Use: circa 1952


Medical Dictionary

mercaptopurine

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noun mer·cap·to·pu·rine \(ˌ)mər-ˌkap-tə-ˈpyu̇(ə)r-ˌēn\

Medical Definition of mercaptopurine

  1. :  an antimetabolite C5H4N4S that interferes especially with the metabolism of purine bases and the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and that is sometimes useful in the treatment of acute leukemia


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