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Pronunciation: a′ră-bin-ō-sil-sī′tō-sēn

Definition: A compound of arabinose and cytosine, analogous to ribosylcytosine (cytidine), which inhibits the biosynthesis of DNA; used as a chemotherapeutic agent because of its antiviral and tumor-growth–inhibiting properties.

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