Definition of lovastatin
: 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 Definition of lovastatin
: 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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