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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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)



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