ra·​dio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌrā-dē-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsü-ti-kəl How to pronounce radiopharmaceutical (audio)
: a radioactive drug used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes
radiopharmaceutical adjective

Examples of radiopharmaceutical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday, the stock surged nearly 37% after the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed a rule that would target the costs of diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals. Sean Conlon, CNBC, 11 July 2024 Following these commercial setbacks, interest in radiopharmaceuticals diminished and investment in their advancement stalled. Discover Magazine, 8 July 2024 This graphic describes the basics of radiopharmaceuticals. Elie Dolgin, Ars Technica, 21 June 2024 An injectable radiopharmaceutical can be delivered selectively to these cells, leaving healthy cells mostly unaffected. Marc B. Garnick, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2024 Interest in such radiopharmaceuticals has skyrocketed following the approval of Pluvicto, which also treats prostate cancer. Allison Deangelis Reprints, STAT, 23 May 2024 Astra is also pushing into radiopharmaceuticals, which promise even more precision. Ashleigh Furlong, Fortune Europe, 21 May 2024 There are now about 75 startups developing radiopharmaceuticals, several of which raised substantial funding rounds this year. Damian Garde Reprints, STAT, 8 Nov. 2023 While Novartis, among the pioneers in radiopharmaceuticals, reported data suggesting its medicine for prostate cancer could transform from a treatment used after chemotherapy to one with demonstrated benefits beforehand as well. Damian Garde, STAT, 24 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of radiopharmaceutical was in 1952

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“Radiopharmaceutical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition


1 of 2 noun
ra·​dio·​phar·​ma·​ceu·​ti·​cal ˌrād-ē-ō-ˌfär-mə-ˈsüt-i-kəl How to pronounce radiopharmaceutical (audio)
: a radioactive drug used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes


2 of 2 adjective
: of, relating to, or being a radiopharmaceutical
radiopharmaceutical agents

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