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View in Spanish: Clorhidrato de demeclociclina

Demeclocycline hydrochloride (DEH-meh-kloh-SY-kleen HY-droh-KLOR-ide)
A substance being studied as a way to detect bone growth in patients receiving bisphosphonates (a type of drug used to treat bone pain caused by some types of cancer) for breast cancer. It binds to newly formed bone. A biopsy is done and bone growth is measured using a special microscope. Demeclocycline hydrochloride is a type of tetracycline antibiotic and a type of bone-labeling agent. Also called Declomycin.

Source: National Cancer Institute Dictionary of Cancer Terms, available at www.cancer.gov/dictionary.