paclitaxel

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noun pac·li·tax·el \ ˌpa-kli-ˈtak-sᵊl \

Definition of paclitaxel

:an antineoplastic drug C47H51NO14 originally derived from the bark of the Pacific yew but now typically derived as a semisynthetic product of the English yew and used to treat ovarian cancer

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Origin and Etymology of paclitaxel

Pacific yew + -litax- (perhaps from Taxus brevifolia) + -el (alteration of 1-ol or 3-ol)


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paclitaxel

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noun pac·li·tax·el \ ˌpak-li-ˈtak-səl \

medical Definition of paclitaxel

:an antineoplastic agent C47H51NO14 that was originally derived from the bark of a yew tree (Taxus brevifolia of the family Taxaceae) of the western United States and British Columbia but that is now typically derived as a semisynthetic product of the English yew (T. baccata) and is used to treat ovarian cancer which has not responded to conventional chemotherapy — see taxol

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