Taxol definition

taksôl
A substance, C47H51NO14, obtained from a small yew tree (Taxus brevifolia) of W North America, used in treating certain kinds of cancer.
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A trademark for the drug paclitaxel.
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(chemistry, pharmacology) A taxane, C47H51NO14, used to treat cancer; Taxol.
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(pharmacology) Taxol, paclitaxel: a drug (a mitotic inhibit) used to kill dividing tumour cells.
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Noun

Singular:
taxol
Plural:
taxols

Origin of taxol

  • Named by the researchers who isolated it from the bark of the Pacific yew in 1967, Monroe E. Wall and Mansukh C. Wani, from the scientific Latin term Taxus (a genus name).

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  • See taxol.

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