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daunorubicin Line breaks: dauno|rubi¦cin
Pronunciation: /ˌdɔːnə(ʊ)ˈruːbɪsɪn/

Definition of daunorubicin in English:


[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic antibiotic that interferes with DNA synthesis and is used in the treatment of acute leukaemia and other cancers.
Example sentences
  • The types of drugs used are vincristine (from periwinkles), prednisone (a steroid), asparaginase (an enzyme) or daunorubicin (an antibiotic).
  • Numerous chemotherapeutic agents have been associated with the development of NE, including cytarabine, daunorubicin, methotrexate, vincristine, paclitaxel, doxorubicin, and steroids.5
  • Recently, the US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of liposomal daunorubicin and liposomal doxorubicin for treatment of AIDS-related KS.


1960s: from Daunia, in southern Italy where it was developed, + -rubi- 'red' + -mycin.

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