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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



folate antagonist  listen  (FOH-layt an-TA-guh-nist)

  A type of drug that stops cells from using folic acid to make DNA and may kill cancer cells. Certain folate antagonists are used to treat some types of cancer and inflammatory conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. Also called antifolate and folic acid antagonist.