from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A statin, C 25H38O5, that blocks the body's synthesis of cholesterol and is administered especially to individuals at risk for heart disease.
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- n. A hypolipidemic drug used to control hypercholesterolemia and to prevent cardiovascular disease.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a chemical substance (C25H38O5) having inhibitory activity on the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, and used in medicine to reduce cholesterol levels in blood.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an oral lipid-lowering medicine (trade name Zocor) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after heart attacks
sim- (perhaps alteration of syn-, pref. indicating attachment on the same side of the plane as a double bond; see syn-) + -vastatin, statin suff.; see pravastatin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)