from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation and are used to treat hypertension and heart failure.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. any one of a class of drugs, including captopril and enalapril, that cause the arteries to widen by preventing the synthesis on angiotensin: used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an antihypertensive drug that blocks the formation of angiotensin II in the kidney, leading to relaxation of the arteries; promotes the excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme; also used to treat congestive heart failure
a(ngiotensin) c(onverting) e(nzyme) inhibitor.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Circa 20th century: from Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme inhibitor. (Wiktionary)