Definition of "taxane" [taxane]

  • (noun) any of a class of diterpenoid drugs that inhibit cancer cell growth and division. Examples are Paclitaxel (taxol) and Docetaxel (taxotere).

Use "taxane" in a sentence

  • "The compound works in much the same way as the taxane drugs, including Taxol, which were originally derived from Pacific yew trees."
  • "Therapy using a combination of drugs—especially the combinations called CA (cyclophosphamide and adriamycin) and a taxane (taxol or taxotere)—gave better results in studies than one drug used alone."
  • "Medical Oncology ESMO in October 2010 showed that after six months, patients on T-DM1 had an overall response rate of 48% compared to 41% for Herceptin plus a taxane."

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