rituximab

Definition / meaning of rituximab

A monoclonal antibody used to treat certain types of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Monoclonal antibodies are made in the laboratory and can bind to substances in the body, including cancer cells. Rituximab binds to the protein called CD20, which is found on B-cells, and may kill cancer cells. Also called Rituxan.

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

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