in·​hib·​i·​tor | \ in-ˈhi-bə-tər \

Definition of inhibitor

: one that inhibits: such as
a : an agent that slows or interferes with a chemical action
b : a substance that reduces or suppresses the activity of another substance (such as an enzyme)

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In the case of Flint, corrosion inhibitors were not added to the water. Georeen Tanner, Fox News, "Lead may be making Newark’s water poisonous," 17 Aug. 2018 The infection developed within several months of the patients starting an SGLT2 inhibitor and the drug was stopped in most cases, the FDA said. Fox News, "FDA warns of serious genital infection linked to certain diabetes drugs," 30 Aug. 2018 Indeed, since his diagnosis, an entirely new type of therapy has been developed and approved, called PARP inhibitors, which are specifically tailored for those with BRCA mutations. Pamela Munster, WSJ, "My Father’s Fight Against the Breast-Cancer Gene," 28 Sep. 2018 Next, the effectiveness of the enzyme inhibitor needs to be tested against the entire virus, not just the enzyme. Bradley J. Fikes,, "UCSD discovery points way to possible universal flu drug," 20 Mar. 2018 Last year, Javid Moslehi, director of cardio-oncology at the Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine, reported on two patients who developed myocarditis after being treated with a combination of two checkpoint inhibitors and quickly died. Laurie Mcginley, Washington Post, "New cancer treatments have perplexing side effects," 6 Mar. 2018 And then, in the late 1980s there’s the arrival of serotonin reuptake inhibitors, known as SSRIs, and their promise to be different from the antidepressants of the past. Maggie Jones, New York Times, "A Reckoning With an Imperfect Science in ‘Blue Dreams’," 3 Apr. 2018 The checkpoint inhibitors allow powerful immune cells to recognize and hone in on cancer cells and co-opt killer cells to destroy them. Alice Park, Time, "There's More Good News About Immune Therapies for Cancer," 12 July 2018 These treatments include the checkpoint inhibitors Keytruda and Opdivo, CAR-T drugs such as Yescarta and Kymriah, and neo-antigen vaccines. Casey Ross, STAT, "A new cancer care dilemma: Patients want immunotherapy even when evidence is lacking," 4 June 2018

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circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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in·​hib·​i·​tor | \ in-ˈhib-ət-ər \

Medical Definition of inhibitor

: one that inhibits: as
a : an agent that slows or interferes with a chemical reaction
b : 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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