Definition of methotrexate in English:

methotrexate

noun

Medicine
  • [mass noun] A synthetic compound that interferes with cell growth and is used to treat leukaemia and other forms of cancer.

    • ‘Antimalarial drugs or immune response modifiers like methotrexate can reduce steroid dose and side effects.’
    • ‘Treatment may include systemic steroids, intralesional steroid injection, antimalarials, or methotrexate.’
    • ‘The patient was treated with methotrexate and leukovorin calcium, and tumor lysis syndrome with acute renal failure occurred.’
    • ‘Another combination is methotrexate plus cyclo-sporine and methotrexate.’
    • ‘Cancer drugs used for primary bone cancer include methotrexate, doxorubicin, and cisplatin.’

Origin

1950s: from meth- (denoting a substance containing methyl groups) + elements of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

methotrexate

/ˌmɛθəˈtrɛkseɪt//ˌmiːθəˈtrɛkseɪt/