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noun Pharmacology.
  1. a platinum-containing white powder, PtCl2H6N2, used to treat ovarian carcinoma and other cancers.
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Also cis·plat·i·num [sis-plat-n-uh m, -plat-nuh m] /sɪsˈplæt n əm, -ˈplæt nəm/.

Origin of cisplatin

First recorded in 1975–80; cis- + platin(um)
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British Dictionary definitions for cisplatin


  1. a cytotoxic drug that acts by preventing DNA replication and hence cell division, used in the treatment of tumours, esp of the ovary and testis
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Word Origin for cisplatin

C20: from cis- + platin (um)
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cisplatin in Science


  1. A platinum-containing chemotherapeutic drug used in the treatment of metastatic ovarian or testicular cancers and advanced bladder cancer. Chemical formula: Cl2H6N2Pt.
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