5-fluorouracil

Definition / meaning of 5-fluorouracil

A drug used to treat symptoms of cancer of the colon, breast, stomach, and pancreas. It is also used in a cream to treat certain skin conditions. 5-fluorouracil stops cells from making DNA and it may kill cancer cells. It is a type of antimetabolite. Also called 5-FU and fluorouracil.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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