calcium gluconate

Pronunciation: (KAL-see-um GLOO-koh-nayt)

The mineral calcium combined with a form of the sugar glucose. It is used to prevent and treat osteoporosis (a decrease in bone mass and density). It is also being studied in the treatment of bone loss and nerve damage caused by chemotherapy. It is a type of dietary supplement.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

2007-07-06 Date last modified: 2010-12-13