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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


daunomycin hydrochloride  listen  (DAW-noh-MY-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. Daunomycin hydrochloride is a type of anthracycline antibiotic and a type of topoisomerase inhibitor. Also called Cerubidine and daunorubicin hydrochloride.