raloxifene

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noun ral·ox·i·fene \ˌra-ˈläk-sə-ˌfēn\

Definition of raloxifene

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

Origin and Etymology of raloxifene

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


Medical Dictionary

raloxifene

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noun ral·ox·i·fene \ˌral-ˈäk-sə-ˌfēn\

Medical Definition of raloxifene

  1. :  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 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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