Definition of inhibitor
: one that inhibits: such asa : an agent that slows or interferes with a chemical actionb : a substance that reduces or suppresses the activity of another substance (such as an enzyme)
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Certain medications, like beta blockers, ACE receptor blockers, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers and diuretics, can exaggerate the body’s response to heat.
That may include antibiotics, proton-pump inhibitors or corticosteroids.
The second replication study looked at a 2011 Nature paper reporting that a compound called a BET inhibitor, which controls whether genes are activated—can stop a type of leukemia.
The antidepressant Prozac, a selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitor (or SSRI), is one of the world's most widely used medications.
Traditional selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors like Prozac can do the same thing, but that process could take months.
Her discovery, a drug called an aromatase inhibitor, was initially met with skepticism.
Medications included calcium channel blockers, beta blockers, angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and thiazide diuretics (TZs).
But the scientists found that endosomal NK1 can be turned off by inhibitors attached to lipids called cholestanols that cross the cell membrane to reach the endosomes.
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Medical Definition of inhibitor
: one that inhibits: asa: an agent that slows or interferes with a chemical reactionb: a substance that reduces the activity of another substance (as an enzyme)c: a gene that checks the normal effect of another nonallelic gene when both are present
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