protease inhibitor

noun

Definition of protease inhibitor

: a substance that inhibits the action of a protease; specifically : any of various drugs (such as indinavir) that inhibit the action of the protease of HIV so that the cleavage of viral proteins into mature functional infectious particles is prevented and that are used especially in combination with other agents in the treatment of HIV infection

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1943

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protease inhibitor

noun

medical Definition of protease inhibitor

: a substance that inhibits the action of a protease; specifically : any of various drugs (as indinavir or saquinavir) that inhibit the action of HIV protease so that cleavage of viral proteins into mature infectious particles is prevented and that are used especially in combination with other antiretroviral agents in the treatment of HIV infection

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