mi·​to·​my·​cin | \ ˌmī-tə-ˈmī-sᵊn How to pronounce mitomycin (audio) \

Definition of mitomycin

: a complex of antibiotic substances that is produced by a Japanese streptomyces (Streptomyces caespitosus) especially : one form C15H18N4O5 that inhibits DNA synthesis and is used as an antineoplastic agent

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A shortage of the bladder-cancer drug BCG in 2014 and 2015 led to sharp price increases for a less effective alternative treatment, mitomycin, according to research published online Wednesday by the New England Journal of Medicine. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Prescription-Drug Shortages Help Push Up Prices of Similar Drugs," 12 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of mitomycin

1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mitomycin

probably from mito- (taken as a combining form of mitosis) + -mycin

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mi·​to·​my·​cin | \ ˌmīt-ə-ˈmīs-ᵊn How to pronounce mitomycin (audio) \

Medical Definition of mitomycin

1 : a complex of antibiotic substances which is produced by a Japanese bacterium of the genus Streptomyces (S. caespitosus)
2 : a component C15H18N4O5 of mitomycin that inhibits DNA synthesis and is used as an antineoplastic in the palliative treatment of some carcinomas

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