statin

noun
stat·​in | \ ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio) \

Definition of statin

: any of a group of drugs (such as lovastatin and simvastatin) that inhibit the synthesis of cholesterol and promote the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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Recent Examples on the Web There are no clinical studies measuring how young adults who receive statins or other cholesterol-lowering drugs before the age of 45 fare decades later. Ken Alltucker, USA TODAY, "Study: Young adults with high cholesterol face greater risk of heart attack or stroke," 5 Dec. 2019 And prevention efforts, including statin medications and a national anti-tobacco campaign, were reducing heart attack deaths among those under 64. Melissa Healy, chicagotribune.com, "Suicides and overdoses among factors fueling drop in US life expectancy," 3 Dec. 2019 And prevention efforts, including statin medications and a national anti-tobacco campaign, were reducing heart attack deaths among those under 64. Los Angeles Times, oregonlive, "Americans are dying earlier, new research confirms: drug overdoses, suicide, disease to blame," 26 Nov. 2019 What has happened is that over the past 50 years, changes in lifestyle and new treatments (like statins) have been lowering rates of heart disease. Harvard Health Letter, chicagotribune.com, "Were the old aspirin studies wrong?," 1 Nov. 2019 Moreover, there was an uptick in statin use by people with diabetes over the study period, from less than half to over 60% getting one. Lauran Neergaard, Twin Cities, "Controversial cholesterol guidance may be paying off, report suggests," 11 Nov. 2019 Of a thousand people who take statins for five years, the drugs will help only eighteen to avoid a major heart attack or stroke. Hannah Fry, The New Yorker, "What Statistics Can and Can’t Tell Us About Ourselves," 2 Sep. 2019 Say a patient is prescribed a statin, a type of drug to lower cholesterol which has proved useful in reducing heart disease. The Economist, "Why America’s biggest charities are owned by pharmaceutical companies," 15 Aug. 2019 Medical advances such as coronary-artery-bypass surgery, defibrillators, better blood-pressure drugs and statins also saved lives. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "Heart Attack at 49—America’s Biggest Killer Makes a Deadly Comeback," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of statin

1985, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for statin

from -statin (as in lovastatin)

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The first known use of statin was in 1985

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17 Jan 2020

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“Statin.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statin. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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statin

noun
stat·​in | \ ˈstat-ᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio) \

Medical Definition of statin

: any of a group of lipid-lowering drugs (as lovastatin and simvastatin) that function by inhibiting a liver enzyme which controls the synthesis of cholesterol and by promoting the production of LDL-binding receptors in the liver resulting in a usually marked decrease in the level of LDL and a modest increase in the level of HDL circulating in blood plasma

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