noun Pharmacology.
  1. a cytotoxic antibiotic, C27H29NO11, derived from a variety of the bacterium Streptomyces peucetius and used in the treatment of sarcoma, malignant lymphoma, acute leukemia, and other cancers.

Origin of doxorubicin

d(e)ox(y)- + -o- + Latin rub(er) red (alluding to its color; see rubric, red1) + -i- + -(my)cin Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

doxorubicin in Medicine


  1. An antibiotic obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces peucetius, used as an anticancer drug.
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