statin

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noun stat·in \ˈsta-tən\

Definition of statin

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of statin

from -statin (as in lovastatin)


First Known Use: 1985


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statin

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noun stat·in \ˈstat-ən\

Medical Definition of statin

  1. :  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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