mitomycin

noun mi·to·my·cin \ ˌmī-tə-ˈmī-sᵊn \

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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Origin and Etymology of mitomycin

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


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mitomycin

noun mi·to·my·cin \ ˌmīt-ə-ˈmīs-ᵊn \

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 called also mitomycin C

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