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Taxol Syllabification: Tax·ol
Pronunciation: /ˈtaksôl/ /-säl/
(also taxol)

Definition of Taxol in English:


Medicine , trademark
A compound, originally obtained from the bark of the Pacific yew tree, that has been found to inhibit the growth of certain cancers.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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