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Any of a class of antibiotics isolated from the bacterium Streptomyces verticillus, used usually in sulfate form in combination with other drugs to treat certain kinds of cancer.
[Alteration of phleomycin, a related antibiotic : phleo-, of unknown meaning + -mycin.]
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(Pharmacology) a glycopeptide antibiotic drug used in the treatment of cancer and Hodgkin's Disease
[C20: from bleo- unknown + -mycin]
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