alkylating agents

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alkylating agents al·kyl·at·ing agents (āl'kə-lā'tĭng)
Any of various highly reactive chemical compounds that bond with various nucleophilic groups in nucleic acids and proteins and cause mutagenic, carcinogenic, or cytotoxic effects.

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