Taxoids are a class of derivatives from taxol,[1] that is, paclitaxel. They were developed for their anticancer chemotherapeutic properties. Taxoids are usually treated as synonymous with taxanes; for example, a major medical dictionary defines the two terms with the same definition phrasing,[2] and in another the phrasing varies slightly but conveys nearly identical meaning.[3] The taxoids class and the taxanes class both include paclitaxel (trade names Taxol, Abraxane, Onxol, Nov-Onxol) and docetaxel (trade names Taxotere, Docecad).


  1. ^ "Taxoids: New Weapons against Cancer" (PDF). 1996.
  2. ^ Elsevier, Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, Elsevier.
  3. ^ Wolters Kluwer, Stedman's Medical Dictionary, Wolters Kluwer.