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squalamine Line breaks: squala|mine
Pronunciation: /ˈskweɪləmiːn/

Definition of squalamine in English:


[mass noun] Biochemistry
A compound of the steroid type found in sharks, which has antibiotic properties.
Example sentences
  • In 1992, he discovered squalamine - a natural steroid that fights cancer by blocking off blood flow to tumours - in the liver of the dogfish shark.
  • While they have no proof, the researchers think squalamine is also found in other species of shark.
  • There has been no proof in clinical trials that squalamine has benefits in the in vivo setting.


1990s: from Latin squalus (denoting a kind of marine fish and used as a rare term in English for 'shark') + amine.

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