Definition of doxorubicin in English:


Syllabification: dox·o·ru·bi·cin
Pronunciation: /ˌdäksəˈro͞obəsin


  • A bacterial antibiotic that is widely used to treat leukemia and various other forms of cancer.
    • This is produced by the streptomycete bacterium Streptomyces peucetius caesius
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    • The patient was treated with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone chemotherapy starting in August 1998.
    • Cancer drugs used for primary bone cancer include methotrexate, doxorubicin, and cisplatin.
    • Adjuvant therapy, multidrug chemotherapy was carried out with methotrexate, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone.


1970s: from deoxy- (in the sense 'that has lost oxygen') + Latin rubus 'red' + -mycin.

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