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[proh-druhg] /ˈproʊˌdrʌg/
noun, Pharmacology.
an inactive substance that is converted to a drug within the body by the action of enzymes or other chemicals.
Origin of prodrug
pro-1 + drug1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for prodrug


a compound that is itself biologically inactive but is metabolized in the body to produce an active therapeutic drug
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prodrug in Medicine

prodrug pro·drug (prō'drŭg')
A class of drugs, initially in inactive form, that are converted into active form in the body by normal metabolic processes.

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