One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a class of antineoplastic drugs whose molecules contain a tetracyclic nucleus related to anthraquinone and whose major action is to inhibit the uncoiling and coiling of DNA necessary for its transcription and replication.
1960s. From anthra- + -cycline, after German Anthracyclin, so named with reference to the ring structure of the compounds.
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