raloxifene

noun
ral·​ox·​i·​fene | \ˌra-ˈläk-sə-ˌfēn \

Definition of raloxifene 

: a drug used orally in the form of its hydrochloride C28H27NO4S·HCl as prophylaxis against osteoporosis after menopause

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In particular, two drugs—called tamoxifen and raloxifene—can block estrogen in the breast cells, lowering the risk of developing breast cancer by about 40%, according to the American Cancer Society. Maria Masters, Health.com, "5 Steps You Can Take to Reduce Your Risk of Breast Cancer Recurrence," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of raloxifene

1993, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raloxifene

ral- (of unknown origin) + -oxifene, alteration of -oxifen (as in tamoxifen)

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raloxifene

noun
ral·​ox·​i·​fene | \ˌral-ˈäk-sə-ˌfēn \

Medical Definition of raloxifene 

: a drug used orally in the form of its hydrochloride C28H27NO4S·HCl to prevent and treat osteoporosis after menopause and to reduce the risk of developing invasive breast cancer

Note: Raloxifene binds to the estrogen receptors of cells and is in a class of drugs known as selective estrogen receptor modulators. It is marketed under the trademark Evista.

Drugs like raloxifene target estrogen receptors to preserve bone mass.— Claudia Kalb, Newsweek, 22 July 2002 raloxifene operates as an estrogen agonist in bone but as an antagonist in the breast and uterus.— Gideon A. Rodan et al., Science, 1 Sept. 2000

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