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simvastatin

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noun sim·va·stat·in \ˈsim-və-ˌsta-tən, ˌsim-və-ˈsta-\

Definition of simvastatin

  1. :  a semisynthetic drug C25H38O5 that decreases the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream and is derived from a compound produced by a mold (Aspergillus terreus)



Origin of simvastatin

sim- (probably alteration of synthetic) + lovastatin


First Known Use: 1987


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simvastatin

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noun sim·va·stat·in \ˈsim-və-ˌstat-ən, ˌsim-və-ˈstat-\

Medical Definition of simvastatin

  1. :  a semisynthetic lipid-lowering drug C25H38O5 derived from a compound produced by a mold of the genus Aspergillus (A. terreus) and administered orally to lower a high cholesterol level in the blood by inhibiting the action of an enzyme catalyzing the synthesis of cholesterol—see vytorin, zocor




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