anthracycline(redirected from Anthracyclines)
Anticancer agent consisting of three moieties: a pigmented aglycone, an amino sugar, and a lateral chain. Examples include doxorubicin, daunorubicin, and daunomycin (pirubicin).
anthracycline/an·thra·cy·cline/ (-si´klēn) a class of antineoplastic antibiotics produced by Streptomyces peucetius and S. coeruleorubidus, including daunomycin and doxorubicin.
anthracyclineOncology A chemotherapeutic used in leukemia to prevent cell division Adverse effects Dose-dependent stomatitis, N&V and BM suppression which 'maxes' at ± 10 days; alopecia is normal; extravasation at IV injection site causes severe, protracted ulcers and necrosis. See Chemotherapy, Daunorubicin, Doxorubicin, Idarubicin.
a class of antibiotics isolated from cultures of Streptomyces peucetius; it includes the antineoplastic agents daunomycin and doxorubicin. See also anthracycline antibiotic.