calcium channel blocker

noun

: any of a class of drugs (such as verapamil) that prevent or slow the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle cells and are used especially to treat some forms of angina pectoris and some cardiac arrhythmias

Examples of calcium channel blocker in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of calcium channel blocker was in 1977

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“Calcium channel blocker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calcium%20channel%20blocker. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

calcium channel blocker

noun
: any of a class of drugs (as verapamil) that prevent or slow the influx of calcium ions into smooth muscle cells especially of the heart and that are used especially to treat some forms of angina pectoris and some cardiac arrhythmias

called also calcium blocker

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