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glossary:antimetabolites [2012/10/16 14:40] (current)
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|+||A drug that is similar enough to a natural chemical to participate in a normal biochemical reaction in cells but different enough to interfere with the normal division and functions of cells. So named because the drug inhibits a normal metabolic process. Examples of antimetabolites include 6-mercaptopurine (6MP), methotrexate, and hydroxyurea. |
|+||Anti[[glossary:cancer|cancer]] drugs that closely resemble substances needed by cells for normal growth. The [[tumor]] [[glossary:cell|cells]] uses the drug instead and "starves" for lack of proper substance. |