One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A compound with antibiotic and antineoplastic properties, obtained from a strain of Streptomyces bacteria (sometimes called Streptomyces carzinostaticus), and consisting of a sulphur-containing apoprotein with a non-protein chromophore group that binds to and cleaves double-stranded DNA.
1960s; earliest use found in Journal Antibiotics. From neo- + carzinostatin, an antineoplastic substance isolated from a Streptomyces strain from carzino- + -stat + -in.
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