mitomycin

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noun mi·to·my·cin \ˌmī-tə-ˈmī-sən\

Definition of mitomycin

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of mitomycin

International Scientific Vocabulary mito- (probably from New Latin mitosis) + -mycin


First Known Use: 1956


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mitomycin

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noun mi·to·my·cin \ˌmīt-ə-ˈmīs-ən\

Medical Definition of mitomycin

  1. 1:  a complex of antibiotic substances which is produced by a Japanese bacterium of the genus Streptomyces (S. caespitosus)

  2. 2:  a component C15H18N4O5 of mitomycin that inhibits DNA synthesis and is used as an antineoplastic in the palliative treatment of some carcinomas—called also mitomycin C


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