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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An antibiotic obtained from the bacterium Streptomyces peuceticus, used as an anticancer drug.

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  • noun A particular drug used in chemotherapy.

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  • noun an antibiotic used as an anticancer drug

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of (hy)d(r)oxy + rubi(domy)cin, antibiotic from which it is derived (Latin rubidus, red, from its red crystals; see rubidium + –mycin).]

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