Definition of vincristine in English:

vincristine

Line breaks: vin|cris¦tine
Pronunciation: /vɪnˈkrɪstiːn
 
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noun

[mass noun] Medicine
  • A cytotoxic compound of the alkaloid class obtained from the Madagascar periwinkle and used to treat acute leukaemia and other cancers.
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    • Nitrofurantoin, dapsone, metronidazole, isoniazid, disulfiram, amiodarone, vincristine, cisplatin, Taxol, phenytoin, chloramphenicol, hydralazine, and high-dose pyridoxine can all lead to neuropathies.
    • Digoxin, morphine, ephedrine, vincristine, ergotamine, bromocriptine, and others are carefully tested and standardized drugs from plants.
    • The patient was treated per the hyper-CVAD protocol (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and dexamethasone) with intrathecal prophylaxis and achieved a complete remission.

Origin

1960s: from modern Latin Vinca (see vinca) + a second element perhaps based on crista + -ine4.

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