mercaptopurine

noun
mer·​cap·​to·​pu·​rine | \ (ˌ)mər-ˌkap-tə-ˈpyu̇r-ˌēn How to pronounce mercaptopurine (audio) \

Definition of mercaptopurine

: 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

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The next breakthrough, in 1950, was the development of 6-MP (mercaptopurine) by Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings, who would go on to receive the Nobel Prize. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "How conquering a rare leukemia in children revolutionized cancer care for millions," 6 June 2019 Using this targeted method, Elion helped develop such drugs as mercaptopurine, which changed childhood leukemia from a death-sentence to a condition that most survive. Ray Cavanaugh, Time, "How One Scientist Broke Through the 'Brick Wall' for Women in Chemistry," 23 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of mercaptopurine

circa 1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mercaptopurine

mercaptan + -o- + purine

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mercaptopurine

noun
mer·​cap·​to·​pu·​rine | \ (ˌ)mər-ˌkap-tə-ˈpyu̇(ə)r-ˌēn How to pronounce mercaptopurine (audio) \

Medical Definition of mercaptopurine

: 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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