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

  • n. An alkaloid, C46H58N4O9, obtained from the Madagascar periwinkle and used as an antineoplastic drug.

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  • n. A particular drug used in chemotherapy.

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  • n. periwinkle plant derivative used as an antineoplastic drug (trade name Velban) that disrupts cell division


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

Short for vincaleukoblastine : New Latin Vinca, periwinkle genus; see vinca + English leukoblast, a developing leukocyte (leuko- + -blast) + -ine2.


  • For the past decade, a modified chemotherapy regimen consisting of cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine and prednisone (COPP), together with adriamycin, bleomycin and vinblastine (ABV) has been used to treat patients with HD.

    Completed studies on late effects of childhood cancer

  • Naturally occurring chemicals in obscure plants and animals have been spun into various life-saving drugs; perhaps the most famous is the rosy periwinkle, native only to Madagascar, from which we took the compounds vincristine and vinblastine to fight lymphoma and breast cancer.

    Todd Palmer and Rob Pringle: The Crisis Nobody's Talking About

  • —Cancer patient; presence of vinblastine and prednisone in significant quantities, traces of etoposide.

    The Burning Wire

  • On October 7, 1974, Cleland took the gamble: he enrolled as “patient zero” for BVP, the acronym for a new regimen containing bleomycin, vinblastine, and cisplatin abbreviated P for “platinum”.

    The Emperor of All Maladies

  • It turns out the pink-flowering plant has anticancer properties, and is now used to make the medicines vincristine and vinblastine.


  • Vincristine and vinblastine, two of our most successful cancer treatments, are derived from the rosy periwinkle tree, native to southern Madagascar.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • Tropical plants such as the rosy periwinkle have given us two of our most powerful weapons against cancer—vincristine and vinblastine.

    Earl Mindell’s New Herb Bible

  • For example, grapefruit juice can reduce the absorption of the allergy medication fexofenadine (Allegra); digoxin, which is used to treat congestive heart failure; losartan (Cozaar), used to control blood pressure; and the anticancer drug vinblastine.

    Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy

  • This herbaceous plant, native to South-eastern Madagascar, is a source of over 75 alkaloids, two of which, vincristine and vinblastine, are used to treat childhood leukemia and Hodgkin's disease, with a significant success rate.

    Chapter 7

  • (Catharanthus roseus) is a source of at least 60 alkaloids, of which the two important alkaloids, vincristine and vinblastine, have revolutionized the treatment of childhood leukemia and hodgkin's disease.

    Chapter 7


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