Anthracycline. Definition

Medical Definition: Anthracycline

Type of antibiotic that comes from certain types of Streptomyces bacteria. Anthracyclines are used in the treatment of many cancers. Anthracyclines damage the DNA of cancer cells, causing death. Daunorubicin, doxorubicin and epirubicin are anthracyclines. Increase the chance of survival, but can cause harmful effects to the heart. Its most representative member is adriamycin.

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