Definition of bleomycin in English:

bleomycin

Line breaks: bleo|mycin
Pronunciation: /ˌbliːəʊˈmʌɪsɪn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • An antibiotic used to treat Hodgkin’s disease and other cancers.
    • The drug is obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces verticillus
    More example sentences
    • Chemotherapy may be useful at a designated wart clinic, where several patients can be treated from the same vial of bleomycin in a single day.
    • It has been reported that administration of a high dose of bleomycin often leads to lung injury and pulmonary fibrosis in bleomycin-treated patients.
    • Several drugs are associated with reactive oxygen species generation and lung injury with the most widely investigated of them being bleomycin.

Origin

1960s: an arbitrary alteration of earlier phleomycin, the name of a related antibiotic.

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