Definition of taxol in English:

taxol

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Pronunciation: /ˈtaksɒl
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine , • trademark
  • A compound, originally obtained from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, which has been found to inhibit the growth of certain cancers.
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    • Herbal medicine has contributed aspirin from willow bark, reserpine from snakeroot, taxol from the yew tree, but ‘natural’ is not automatically safe.
    • In this century these compounds have provided the basis of many common drugs including aspirin which comes from willow bark, and taxol, an ovarian cancer treatment, derived from the pacific yew.
    • Heralded as a breakthrough treatment for breast and ovarian cancer, taxol is found in the bark of the Pacific yew tree.

Origin

1970s: from Latin taxus 'yew' + -ol.

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