Definitions for ace inhibitoreɪs, ˈeɪˈsiˈi
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ACE′ inhib`itoreɪs, ˈeɪˈsiˈi(n.)
any of a group of vasodilator drugs used in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure.
Category: Pharmacology, Medicine
Origin of ACE inhibitor:
1980–85; A(ngiotensin)-C(onverting) E(nzyme)
ACE inhibitor, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor(noun)
an antihypertensive drug that blocks the formation of angiotensin II in the kidney, leading to relaxation of the arteries; promotes the excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme; also used to treat congestive heart failure
any one of a class of drugs, including captopril and enalpapril, that cause the arteries to widen by preventing the synthesis on angiotensin: used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure
Origin: Circa 20th century: from Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme inhibitor.
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