mercaptopurine
noun Etymology: mercaptan + -o- + purine Date: circa 1952 an antimetabolite C5H4N4S that interferes especially with the metabolism of purine bases and the biosynthesis of nucleic acids and that is sometimes used in the treatment of acute leukemia

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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