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vinblastine Syllabification: vin·blas·tine
Pronunciation: /vinˈblasˌtēn/

Definition of vinblastine in English:


A cytotoxic compound of the alkaloid class obtained from the Madagascar periwinkle and used to treat Hodgkin’s disease and other cancers of the lymphatic system.
Example sentences
  • Some types of medications used include azathioprine, vincristine, cyclophosphamide, cyclosporine or vinblastine.
  • Of the plant-derived anticancer drugs in clinical use, the best known are the alkaloids vinblastine and vincristine, isolated from the Madagascar periwinkle, Catharanthus roseus.
  • Due to the bulky nature of the disease, all the patients had received a course of chemotherapy with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine, and they were scheduled for MRT.


1960s: from modern Latin Vinca (see vinca) + (leuko)blast (a cell from which a leukocyte develops) + -ine4.

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