Meaning of mercaptopurine in English:

mercaptopurine

noun

Medicine
  • Any of various thiol derivatives of purine; specifically 6-mercaptopurine, C₅ H₄ N₄ S, an antineoplastic agent given orally in the treatment of leukaemia.

Pronunciation

mercaptopurine

/məːˌkaptə(ʊ)ˈp(j)ʊəriːn/ /məːˌkaptə(ʊ)ˈpjɔːriːn/

Origin

1950s; earliest use found in American Journal of the Medical Sciences. From mercapto- + purine.