[ meth-oh-trek-seyt ]
/ ˌmɛθ oʊˈtrɛk seɪt /
a toxic folic acid analogue, C20H22N8O5, that inhibits cellular reproduction, used primarily in the treatment of psoriasis and certain cancers and as an immunosuppressive agent.
Origin of methotrexate
1950–55; metho(xy)- + trexate, of unclear derivation
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British Dictionary definitions for methotrexate
/ (ˌmɛθəʊˈtrɛkseɪt, ˌmiːθəʊ-) /
an antimetabolite drug used in the treatment of certain cancers. Formula: C 20 H 22 N 8 O 5
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Science definitions for methotrexate
[ mĕth′ə-trĕk′sāt ]
A toxic drug that acts as a folic acid antagonist to interfere with cellular reproduction and is used in the treatment of psoriasis, certain cancers, and certain inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Chemical formula: C20H22N8O5.
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