noun Pharmacology.
a yellow, crystalline, water-insoluble powder, C 5 H 4 N 4 S, used in the treatment of leukemia.

1950–55; mercapto + purine Unabridged
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mercaptopurine (məˌkæptəʊˈpjʊəriːn)
a drug used in the treatment of leukaemia. Formula: C5H4N4S

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mercaptopurine mer·cap·to·pu·rine (mər-kāp'tō-pyur'ēn)
A purine analogue that acts as an antimetabolite by interfering with purine synthesis, used primarily in the treatment of acute leukemia.

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