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angiotensin-receptor blocker

noun
variants: or angiotensin receptor blocker or angiotensin II receptor blocker

medical Definition of angiotensin-receptor blocker

:any of a class of drugs (such as losartan and valsartan) that block the effects of angiotensin II by inhibiting access to a subset of its receptors and that are used especially in the treatment of hypertension
  • Newer drugs called angiotensin-receptor blockers (ARBs) work in a way similar to the ACE inhibitors and have a very low side-effect profile …
  • —James L. JanuzziNewsweek3 Oct. 2005
  • The newer angiotensin II receptor blockers also relax blood vessels.
  • —Jane E. AllenThe Los Angeles Times22 July 2002
abbreviation ARB

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