vincristine

noun
vin·cris·tine | \ (ˌ)vin-ˈkri-ˌstēn \

Definition of vincristine 

: an alkaloid C46H56N4O10 from the rosy periwinkle used especially in the form of its sulfate to treat some human neoplastic diseases (such as acute leukemia)

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When treated with carboplatin and vincristine, the two chemotherapy drugs Zahler had recommended, 70 percent of patients saw their tumors shrink or stabilize, the doctor said. Andrea Simakis, cleveland.com, "Cleveland Clinic, parents clash over girl's brain tumor treatment; court to decide," 13 May 2018

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First Known Use of vincristine

circa 1962, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vincristine

vinca + Latin crista crest + English -ine entry 2 — more at crest

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vincristine

noun
vin·cris·tine | \ (ˈ)vin-ˈkris-ˌtēn \

Medical Definition of vincristine 

: an alkaloid that is obtained from the rosy periwinkle and that is used especially in the form of its sulfate C46H56N4O10·H2SO4 to treat some human neoplastic diseases (as acute leukemia)

called also leurocristine

— see oncovin

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