noun[mass noun] Medicine
A synthetic antibiotic that interferes with DNA synthesis and is used in the treatment of acute leukaemia and other cancers.
- 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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