NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
daunorubicin hydrochloride (DAW-noh-ROO-bih-sin HY-droh-KLOR-ide)
A drug used to treat acute leukemias and some other types of cancer. It blocks a certain enzyme needed for cell division and DNA repair, and it may kill cancer cells. Daunorubicin hydrochloride is a type of anthracycline antibiotic and a type of topoisomerase inhibitor. Also called Cerubidine and daunomycin hydrochloride.