vincristine

[vin-kris-teen]
noun Pharmacology.
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:
1960–65; < Neo-Latin Vin(ca) a periwinkle genus + Latin crist(a) crest + -ine2

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vincristine (vɪnˈkrɪstiːn)
 
n
a cytotoxic drug used in the treatment of leukaemia, derived as an alkaloid from the tropical shrub Madagascar periwinkle (Vinca rosea)
 
[C20: from New Latin vinca + Latin crista crest + -ine²]

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Vincristine, which is an important drug for lymphoma and leukemia, comes from periwinkle.
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