statin

noun

stat·​in ˈsta-tᵊn How to pronounce statin (audio)
: 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

Examples of statin in a Sentence

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Word History

Etymology

from -statin (as in lovastatin)

First Known Use

1985, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of statin was in 1985

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“Statin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/statin. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

statin

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