alkylating agent

/ (ˈælkɪˌleɪtɪŋ) /

noun

any cytotoxic drug containing alkyl groups, such as chlorambucil, that acts by damaging DNA; widely used in chemotherapy

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Medical definitions for alkylating agent

alkylating agent
[ ălkə-lā′tĭng ]

n.

Any of various highly reactive chemical compounds that bond with various nucleophilic groups in nucleic acids and proteins and cause mutagenic, carcinogenic, or cytotoxic effects.
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