noun Pharmacology.

an alkaloid, C46H58N4O9, derived from the periwinkle Vinca rosea, used in the treatment of various malignant conditions, especially in the management of lymphomas.

Origin of vinblastine

1960–65; < New Latin Vin(ca) a periwinkle genus + (leuko)blast + -ine2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for vinblastine



a cytotoxic drug used in the treatment of lymphomas, derived as an alkaloid from the tropical shrub Madagascar periwinkle (Vinca rosea)

Word Origin for vinblastine

C20: shortened from vincaleukoblastine, from vinca + leukoblast, from leukocyte + -blast + -ine ²
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