nitrosourea

noun

ni·​tro·​so·​urea -yu̇-ˈrē-ə How to pronounce nitrosourea (audio)
: any of a group of lipid-soluble antineoplastic drugs that function as alkylating agents with the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier
The response of most gliomas to chemotherapy is limited, but the addition of nitrosourea or procarbazine to radiation therapy increases the survival of some patients with high-grade gliomas.Scientfic American Medicine Bulletin
see carmustine

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“Nitrosourea.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/nitrosourea. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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