triptan

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noun trip·tan \ˈtrip-ˌtan, -tən\

Definition of triptan

  1. :  any of a class of drugs (as sumatriptan) that bind to and are agonists of serotonin receptors and are used to treat migraine attacks

Origin and Etymology of triptan

-triptan (as in sumatriptan


First Known Use: 1997


Medical Dictionary

triptan

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noun trip·tan \ˈtrip-ˌtan, -tən\

Medical Definition of triptan

  1. :  any of a class of drugs (as sumatriptan) that bind to and are agonists of serotonin receptors, that are used to treat migraine attacks, and that are thought to function by producing vasoconstriction of cranial blood vessels, by inhibiting secretion of inflammatory neuropeptides, and by blocking neurotransmission of pain


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