: any of a group of antihypertensive drugs (such as captopril) that relax arteries and promote renal excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of angiotensin converting enzyme

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web These researchers have been inspired by the memory that some of medicine’s greatest breakthroughs, including aspirin and ACE inhibitors, have come from the most unlikely organisms. Jason Mast Reprints, STAT, 13 Apr. 2023 Treatment for heart failure is primarily managed with medications, such as ACE inhibitors (to lower blood pressure and improve circulation), beta-blockers (to lower blood pressure and slow heart rate), and diuretics (to encourage you to urinate and release extra fluid), among others. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, 16 Feb. 2023 His team’s polypill is a combination of an ACE inhibitor to lower blood pressure, a statin to reduce cholesterol and aspirin. Jen Christensen, CNN, 11 Oct. 2022 In the kidney, benazepril (a class of medication called an ACE inhibitor) decreases blood flow to the filtering parts of the kidney, the glomeruli, and creatinine always goes up. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 30 June 2022 Wistfully gazing at these hamlets can do more to lower your blood pressure than any beta-blocker or ACE inhibitor. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 9 June 2022 The polypill used in the study was a combination of a statin called simvastatin, a beta blocker called atenolol, a diuretic called hydrochlorothiazide and an ACE inhibitor called ramipril. NBC News, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History


angiotensin converting enzyme

First Known Use

1973, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ACE inhibitor was in 1973

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“ACE inhibitor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ACE%20inhibitor. Accessed 2 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

ACE inhibitor

: any of a group of antihypertensive drugs (as captopril) that relax arteries and promote renal excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of an angiotensin converting enzyme
abbreviation ACEI
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