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quinacrine Line breaks: quina|crine
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɪnəkriːn/

Definition of quinacrine in English:


[mass noun]
1 Medicine A synthetic compound derived from acridine, used as an anthelmintic and antimalarial drug.
Example sentences
  • The Medical Research Council, which will oversee the trials, said national guidelines for studies of the antimalarial drug quinacrine will probably be agreed next month.
  • Hydroxychloroquine is the most widely used; its effectiveness was studied in combination with quinacrine, another antimalarial drug.
  • If standard therapeutic regimens fail because of immunodeficiency or other issues, combinations of metronidazole and quinacrine can be administered for three weeks.
1.1 (in full quinacrine mustard) Biochemistry A nitrogen mustard derived from quinacrine, used as a fluorescent stain for chromosomes.
Example sentences
  • First, cytogenetic techniques, especially quinacrine staining, were developed, enabling each chromosome to be recognized by its unique banding pattern.


1930s: blend of quinine and acridine.

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