inhibitor

noun
in·​hib·​i·​tor | \ in-ˈhi-bə-tər How to pronounce inhibitor (audio) \

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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Are or may be pregnant, have osteoporosis, have severe liver disease, or take medicines known as strong OATP1B1 inhibitors, such as cyclosporine or gemfibrozil. Vogue, "Rosalía Just Kickstarted Festival Season’s Unlikeliest Trend," 8 July 2019 These can include antihistamines (which come in pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops), steroid nasal sprays, mast cell inhibitors, and leukotriene modifiers. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Relief From Fall Allergies, According to an Allergist," 19 June 2019 Four such drugs, called checkpoint inhibitors, which unleash the patient’s own immune system to kill malignant cells, have been approved so far. Denise Grady, New York Times, "Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer With Immune Therapy," 16 Apr. 2018 Orlistat is a gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor that works by blocking the absorption of 25 percent of the fat in a meal. Kimberly Garrison, https://www.inquirer.com, "Slim down for summer the healthy way | Kimberly Garrison," 4 June 2019 Janssen shuts down its trial of BACE1 inhibitor atabecestat because of safety concerns. Lacy Schley, Discover Magazine, "State of Science: A Roller Coaster Year for Alzheimer's Treatment," 1 Jan. 2019 All three are also racing to test their PARP inhibitors in other cancer types. Kimberly Chin, WSJ, "GlaxoSmithKline to Acquire Tesaro for $4.16 Billion," 3 Dec. 2018 Are or may be pregnant, have osteoporosis, have severe liver disease, or take medicines known as strong OATP1B1 inhibitors, such as cyclosporine or gemfibrozil. Vogue, "Rosalía Just Kickstarted Festival Season’s Unlikeliest Trend," 8 July 2019 For example, galantamine, an enzyme inhibitor that is typically used to treat Alzheimer’s disease, has been shown to significantly increase lucid dream induction rates when used in conjunction with the WBTB and MILD techniques. Achilleas Pavlou, Quartz, "A lucid dream researcher’s tips for controlling your dreams," 29 June 2019

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First Known Use of inhibitor

circa 1611, in the meaning defined above

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inhibitor

noun
in·​hib·​i·​tor | \ in-ˈhib-ət-ər How to pronounce inhibitor (audio) \

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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