acet·​y·​la·​tor ə-ˈse-tə-ˌlā-tər How to pronounce acetylator (audio)
: an organism that acetylates a substance during metabolism
used especially to describe the rate at which a person acetylates certain drugs (such as isoniazid, hydralazine, or sulfamethazine) in the body
People known as slow acetylators, for instance, take a longer time than fast acetylators to clear certain drugs from the liver.Robin Marantz Henig, The New York Times

Note: The variation among acetylators has been shown to be genetically determined. Slow acetylators may experience undesirable side effects resulting from higher drug concentrations in the body.

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“Acetylator.” Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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