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vincristine

[vin-kris-teen] /vɪnˈkrɪs tin/
noun, Pharmacology
1.
an alkaloid, C 46 H 56 N 4 O 10 , derived from the periwinkle, Vinca rosea, used in the management of leukemias and lymphomas.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65; < New Latin Vin(ca) a periwinkle genus + Latin crist(a) crest + -ine2
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  • vincristine, which is an important drug for lymphoma and leukemia, comes from periwinkle.
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vincristine

/vɪnˈkrɪstiːn/
noun
1.
a cytotoxic drug used in the treatment of leukaemia, derived as an alkaloid from the tropical shrub Madagascar periwinkle (Vinca rosea)
Word Origin
C20: from New Latin vinca + Latin crista crest + -ine²
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