Definition of paclitaxel in English:

paclitaxel

noun

Pharmacology
  • A taxane originally isolated from the bark of the Pacific yew, Taxus brevifolia, which interferes with microtubule function and inhibits cell division, and is used in the treatment of some cancers, especially those of the breast and ovary. [A trademark for this drug is Taxol.]

Origin

1990s; earliest use found in Bloomberg News. Apparently from pac- + -li- (apparently an arbitrary element) + -taxel, in allusion to the Pacific yew, Taxus brevifolia.

Pronunciation

paclitaxel

/ˌpaklɪˈtaksɛl/