A compound of arabinose and cytosine, analogous to ribosylcytosine (cytidine), that inhibits the biosynthesis of DNA; used as a chemotherapeutic agent because of antiviral and tumor-growth-inhibiting properties. SYN: arabinocytidine, arabinofuranosylcytosine, cytarabine.

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arab·i·no·syl·cy·to·sine (ə-rab″ĭ-no-səl-siґto-sēn) cytarabine.

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