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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Origin and Etymology of raloxifene

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


Medical Dictionary

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 KalbNewsweek22 July 2002
  • raloxifene operates as an estrogen agonist in bone but as an antagonist in the breast and uterus.
  • —Gideon A. Rodan et al.Science1 Sept. 2000

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