tamoxifen

[tuh-mok-suh-fuhn, ‐fen]
noun Pharmacology.
an antineoplastic drug, C 26 H 29 NO, that blocks the estrogen receptors on cancer cells, used in the treatment of breast cancer.

Origin:
1970–75; perhaps t(rans)- + am(ino)- + oxy-2 + phen(yl), with respelling of y and ph

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tamoxifen (təˈmɒksɪfɛn)
 
n
a drug that antagonizes the action of oestrogen and is used to treat breast cancer and some types of infertility in women
 
[C20: altered from t(rans-) + am(ine) + oxy-² + phen(ol)]

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tamoxifen   (tə-mŏk'sə-fěn)  Pronunciation Key 
An estrogen antagonist drug used to treat advanced breast cancer in women whose tumors are estrogen-dependent and to prevent breast cancer in some women who are at high risk.
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Tamoxifen is designed to prevent estrogen receptor-positive tumors.
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