Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A statin, C25H38O5, that blocks the body's synthesis of cholesterol and is administered especially to individuals at risk for heart disease.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a chemical substance (C25H38O5) having inhibitory activity on the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, and used in medicine to reduce cholesterol levels in blood.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A hypolipidemic drug used to control hypercholesterolemia and to prevent cardiovascular disease.

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

  • noun an oral lipid-lowering medicine (trade name Zocor) administered to reduce blood cholesterol levels; recommended after heart attacks

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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.]

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