[ rey-dee-oh-fahr-muh-soo-ti-kuh l ]
/ ˌreɪ di oʊˌfɑr məˈsu tɪ kəl /

noun Pharmacology.

any of a number of radioactive drugs used diagnostically or therapeutically.

Origin of radiopharmaceutical

First recorded in 1950–55; radio- + pharmaceutical Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for radiopharmaceutical


[ rā′dē-ō-fär′mə-sōōtĭ-kəl ]


A radioactive compound used in diagnosis or therapy.

Related forms

ra′di•o•phar′ma•ceuti•cal adj.
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