mercaptopurine mercaptopurine


  • (n) a drug (trade name Purinethol) that interferes with the metabolism of purine and is used to treat acute lymphocytic leukemia


  1. This principle, already put to work in leukemia with the use of 6-mercaptopurine, will be extended as fast as other effective chemicals can be developed.
  2. Five doctors from Memorial Center reported a new addition to medicine's weapons against leukemia: a chemical known as 6-mercaptopurine.
  3. In 1953, Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Institute introduced another anti-leukemia drug, 6-mercaptopurine.


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