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.
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Origin and Etymology of mitomycin
International Scientific Vocabulary mito- (probably from New Latin mitosis) + -mycin
First Known Use: 1956See Words from the same year
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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