nifedipine

noun
ni·​fed·​i·​pine | \ nə-ˈfe-də-ˌpēn How to pronounce nifedipine (audio) , -pən\

Definition of nifedipine

: a calcium channel blocker C17H18N2O6 that is a coronary vasodilator used especially in the treatment of angina pectoris

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If that’s not possible, treatment with supplemental oxygen may be enough, the CDC says, along with drugs such as nifedipine, which acts on your body’s calcium to increase your access to blood and oxygen while easing some of the burden on your heart. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What Exactly Is Altitude Sickness?," 20 Dec. 2018 Some drugs that treat high blood pressure, such as Procardia and Adalat CC (both nifedipine). • Kathy R. Byrnes, Cincinnati.com, "Dr. says no grapefruit – Here’s why," 6 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of nifedipine

1971, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nifedipine

probably nitr- + -fe- (from phenyl) + -dipine (by alteration & shortening from pyridine)

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nifedipine

noun
ni·​fed·​i·​pine | \ nī-ˈfed-ə-ˌpēn How to pronounce nifedipine (audio) \

Medical Definition of nifedipine

: a calcium channel blocker C17H18N2O6 that is a coronary vasodilator used especially in the treatment of angina pectoris — see adalat, procardia

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