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bleomycin

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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for bleomycin

bleomycin
/ (ˌbliːəʊˈmaɪsɪn) /

noun

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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Medical definitions for bleomycin

bleomycin
[ blē′ə-mīsĭn ]

n.

Any of several glycopeptide antibiotics obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces verticillus. Their sulfates were once used as antineoplastic agents.
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