statin


stat·in

noun \ˈsta-tən\

Definition of STATIN

:  any of a group of drugs (as lovastatin and simvastatin) that inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and promote the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

Origin of STATIN

from -statin (as in lovastatin)
First Known Use: 1986

stat·in

noun \ˈstat-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of STATIN

: any of a group of lipid-lowering drugs (as lovastatin and simvastatin) that function by inhibiting a liver enzyme which controls the synthesis of cholesterol and by promoting the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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