lovastatin

noun
lov·​a·​stat·​in | \ ˈlō-və-ˌsta-tᵊn How to pronounce lovastatin (audio) , ˈlə-; ˌlō-və-ˈsta-, ˌlə- How to pronounce lovastatin (audio) \

Definition of lovastatin

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

Examples of lovastatin in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Take, for example, lovastatin (Mevacor), the first statin approved by the FDA in 1987. Dennis J. Selkoe, STAT, 23 Oct. 2019 Fungi are the basis for many drugs, including the antibiotic penicillin, the immunosuppressant cyclosporine and the cholesterol buster lovastatin, so Blanchette wondered if these Antarctic species might produce any useful molecules. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, 1 June 2018 Fungi are the basis for many drugs, including the antibiotic penicillin, the immunosuppressant cyclosporine and the cholesterol buster lovastatin, so Blanchette wondered if these Antarctic species might produce any useful molecules. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, 1 June 2018 For example, studies in mice suggested that a drug called lovastatin might help to address the learning and attentional problems that accompany NF-1. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 13 Dec. 2017 Of the 56 million Americans who are considered candidates for drugs with names like simvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin and atorvastatin, just about half that number take them. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, 24 July 2017 In 2014, the federal agency warned one red yeast rice producer that its supplement contained too much lovastatin, and so could not be sold as a supplement. Karen Weintraub, USA TODAY, 23 June 2017 See More

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First Known Use of lovastatin

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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 + -in entry 1

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“Lovastatin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lovastatin. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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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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