vin·​blas·​tine (ˌ)vin-ˈbla-ˌstēn How to pronounce vinblastine (audio)
: an alkaloid C46H58N4O9 from the rosy periwinkle used especially in the form of its sulfate to treat human neoplastic diseases (such as Hodgkin's disease)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The 16 drugs that Pfizer and Cipla will sell have unfamiliar names like vinblastine, bleomycin and fluorouracil. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, 7 Oct. 2017 The combinations — Adriamycin, bleomycin, vinblastine and dacarbazine, for instance, to treat Hodgkin’s disease — were rarely changed for individual patients. Siddhartha Mukherjee, New York Times, 12 May 2016

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Word History


contraction of vincaleukoblastine, from vinca + leukoblast developing leukocyte, from leuk- + -blast

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of vinblastine was in 1962

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“Vinblastine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

Medical Definition



vin·​blas·​tine (ˈ)vin-ˈblas-ˌtēn How to pronounce vinblastine (audio)
: an alkaloid that is obtained from the rosy periwinkle and that is used especially in the form of its sulfate C46H58N4O9·H2SO4 to treat human neoplastic diseases (as Hodgkin's lymphoma and testicular carcinoma)

called also vincaleukoblastine

see abvd

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