[ blee-uh-mahy-sin ]
/ ˌbli əˈmaɪ sɪn /

noun Pharmacology.

a cytotoxic antibiotic, C55H84N17O21S3, derived from the fermentation product of the bacterium Streptomyces certicillus, used in the management of certain epithelial cell and testicular carcinomas and malignant lymphomas.

Origin of bleomycin

1965–70; apparently alteration of phleomycin, an antibiotic derived earlier from the same source; initial elements phleo-, bleo- unexplained by originators; see -mycin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bleomycin


/ (ˌbliːəʊˈmaɪsɪn) /


a glycopeptide antibiotic drug used in the treatment of cancer and Hodgkin's Disease

Word Origin for bleomycin

C20: from bleo- unknown + -mycin
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