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lovastatin

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noun lov·a·stat·in \ˈlō-və-ˌsta-tən, ˈlə-; ˌlō-və-ˈ, ˌlə-\

Definition of lovastatin

  1. :  a drug C24H36O8 that decreases the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream



Origin of lovastatin

probably from International Scientific Vocabulary mevalonic acid, a carboxylic acid, C6H12O4 (from methyl + valeric + -onic — as in gluconic acid) + mevastatin, a fungal metabolite structurally similar to lovastatin, from mevalonic + -stat + 1-in


First Known Use: 1987


Medical Dictionary

lovastatin

noun lov·a·stat·in \ˈlō-və-ˌstat-ən, ˈləv-ə-\

Medical Definition of lovastatin

  1. :  a statin C24H36O8 that decreases the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream by inhibiting the liver enzyme that controls cholesterol synthesis and is used in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia—see mevacor




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