Medical Definition of Hydrazine

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Hydrazine: Hydrazine sulfate, an alternative medicine that has been claimed to be a treatment for cancer. It has been used as a first-line agent in cancer therapy and as a treatment for cancer-related anorexia (loss of appetite) and cachexia (loss of muscle mass and body weight). The results from a scientific standpoint have been inconclusive. The substance is not without possible adverse effects. At least one death has been laid to it.

Reviewed on 9/7/2018

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