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antimetabolite

[ an-tee-muh-tab-uh-lahyt, an-tahy- ]
/ 藢忙n ti m蓹藞t忙b 蓹藢la瑟t, 藢忙n ta瑟- /
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noun
Biochemistry. any substance that interferes with growth of an organism by competing with or substituting for an essential nutrient in an enzymatic process.
adjective
Pharmacology. of or relating to certain substances used to prevent or reduce the proliferation of cells, especially cancer cells, by interfering with normal metabolic activity.
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Origin of antimetabolite

First recorded in 1940鈥45; anti- + metabolite
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British Dictionary definitions for antimetabolite

antimetabolite
/ (藢忙nt瑟m瑟藞t忙b蓹藢la瑟t) /

noun
any drug that acts by disrupting the normal growth of a cell. Sulfonamide drugs are antimetabolites and some antimetabolites are used in cancer treatment
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for antimetabolite

antimetabolite
[ 膬n鈥瞭膿-m沫-t膬b蓹-l墨t鈥, 膬n鈥瞭墨- ]

n.
A substance that closely resembles an essential metabolite and competes with, interferes with, or replaces the metabolite in physiological reactions.
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