from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A statin, C 23H35NaO7, that blocks the body's synthesis of cholesterol and is administered especially to persons who are at risk for heart disease.
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- n. A statin used to lower blood cholesterol levels, especially after a heart attack
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- n. an oral drug (trade name Pravachol) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after nonfatal heart attacks
pra-, of unknown origin + -vastatin, statin suff. (from mevastatin, a statin : meva(lonic acid), precursor in the biosynthesis of cholesterol from val(eric acid) + -stat + -in).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)