[ dok-suh-roo-buh-sin ]

  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: administered intravenously, it is noted for its bright red color and potentially dangerous side effects.

Origin of doxorubicin

First recorded in 1970–75; d(e)ox(y)- + -o- + Latin rub(er) “red” (alluding to its color; see rubric, red1) + -i- + -(my)cin

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