Medical Dictionary

camptothecin

play
noun camp·to·the·cin \ ˌkamp-tə-ˈthē-sən \

medical Definition of camptothecin

:an alkaloid C20H16N2O4 from the wood of a Chinese tree (Camptotheca acuminata of the family Nyssaceae) that has shown some antileukemic and anticancer activity in animal studies; also :a semisynthetic or synthetic derivative of this

Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up camptothecin? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

of yeast or being unsettled or frivolous

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!