inotrope

noun ino·trope \ ˈī-nə-ˌtrōp \

Definition of inotrope

: an inotropic drug or agent (such as epinephrine or a beta-blocker)

First Known Use of inotrope

1975


Medical Dictionary

inotrope

noun ino·trope \ ˈī-nə-ˌtrōp \

medical Definition of inotrope

: an agent (such as epinephrine or a beta-blocker) that either increases or decreases the force of muscular contraction : an inotropic substance or drug
  • In patients with advanced heart failure, medications called inotropes may be used to help the heart muscle beat more strongly.
  • —Janet M. Torpy et al.The Journal of the American Medical Association13 June 2007
  • Agents that reduce intracellular calcium and inhibit contraction are called negative inotropes and include calcium channel blockers, parasympathomimetics, and states such as hypoxemia and metabolic acidosis.
  • —Mary GavaghanAORN Journal1 Apr. 1998

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