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beta blocker

or beta-blocker

noun, Pharmacology.
1.
any of various substances that interfere with the action of the beta receptors: used primarily to reduce the heart rate or force in the prevention, management, or treatment of angina, hypertension, or arrythmias.
Compare alpha blocker.
Origin of beta blocker
1975-1980
First recorded in 1975-80
Related forms
beta-blocking, adjective
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