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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: meth'il-kol-an'thren

Definition: A highly carcinogenic hydrocarbon that can be formed chemically from deoxycholic or cholic acids, or from cholesterol; it induces the synthesis of cytochrome P-450 mRNA; the choice between 3- or 20- for the methyl group depends upon whether hydrocarbon (inner) or steroid (outer) numbering is chosen; in the latter case, the formal relationship to the cholic acids and cholesterol is clear.

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