lovastatin

noun lov·a·stat·in \ ˈlō-və-ˌsta-tᵊn , ˈlə- ; ˌlō-və-ˈsta- , ˌlə- \

Definition of lovastatin

:a drug C24H36O8 that decreases the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream

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Origin and Etymology of lovastatin

probably from International Scientific Vocabulary mevalonic acid, a carboxylic acid, C6H12O4 (from methyl + valeric + -onic — as in gluconic acid) + mevastatin, a fungal metabolite structurally similar to lovastatin, from mevalonic + -stat + 1-in


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lovastatin

noun lov·a·stat·in \ ˈlō-və-ˌstat-ᵊn, ˈləv-ə- \

medical Definition of lovastatin

:a statin C24H36O8 that decreases the level of cholesterol in the bloodstream by inhibiting the liver enzyme that controls cholesterol synthesis and is used in the treatment of hypercholesterolemia — see mevacor

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