fluorouracil fluorouracil


  • (n) an antimetabolite used to treat certain cancers


  1. Many of the cancer cells accept 5-fluorouracil in place of the real thing, and cannot multiply.
  2. On the average, one-fifth of all 5-fluorouracil patients with cancer of the large bowel, and a few with cancer of the liver or other organs, show worthwhile benefit.
  3. These drugs, of which the best-known are 5-fluorouracil and methotrexate, are given by mouth or injection to get them into the bloodstream for the treatment of deep-seated tumors.


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