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ACE inhibitor

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noun

any of a group of vasodilators used in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure.

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Origin of ACE inhibitor

First recorded in 1980–85; abbreviation of a(ngiotensin)-c(onverting) e(nzyme)

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British Dictionary definitions for ACE inhibitor

ACE inhibitor

noun

any one of a class of drugs, including captopril, enalapril, and ramipril, that cause the arteries to widen by preventing the synthesis of angiotensin: used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure

Word Origin for ACE inhibitor

C20: from a (ngiotensin-) c (onverting) e (nzyme) inhibitor
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Medical definitions for ACE inhibitor

ACE inhibitor
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n.

Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; any of a class of drugs that reduce peripheral arterial resistance by inactivating an enzyme that converts angiotensin I to the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II, used in the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular disorders.
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Scientific definitions for ACE inhibitor

ACE inhibitor
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Short for angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation by inactivating an enzyme that converts angiotensin I to the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II, used in the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular disorders. See also angiotensin.
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