calcium aluminosilicate anti-diarrheal

Definition / meaning of calcium aluminosilicate anti-diarrheal

A clay compound consisting of aluminosilicate and calcium ions with potential antidiarrheal activity. Calcium aluminosilicate anti-diarrheal consists of microscopically large flat plates of aluminosilicate separated by calcium ions that may sorb toxic chemotherapeutic drugs and their metabolites and inflammatory proteins such as TNF-alpha, which may help minimize chemotherapy-mediated or radiation therapy-mediated damage to the intestinal epithelium and so therapy-related diarrhea.

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

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