Definition of cytostatic in English:

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cytostatic

Pronunciation: /ˌsīdəˈstadik/

Entry from US English dictionary

adjective

Inhibiting cell growth and division.
Example sentences
  • It is a cytostatic drug that stops cell division very early in the cell cycle without causing cell death.
  • Hormonal therapy for postmenopausal women using chemicals such as tamoxifen is cytostatic, meaning it stops estrogen from stimulating breast cancer cells.
  • We looked for cytostatic properties that would block cells from multiplying rather than kill them.

noun

Any substance that inhibits cell growth and division.
Example sentences
  • As mutagens we used two classic cytostatics: the radiomimetic bleomycin and the recombinogen mitomycin C.
  • Large numbers of materials which can be implanted in the body and contain cytostatics are known.
  • As early as the next year, the first isolated work room for a safer preparation of cytostatics was completed.

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Syllabification: cy·to·stat·ic

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