beta blocker

or be·ta-block·er


noun Pharmacology.

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.

Nearby words

  1. bet,
  2. bet on the wrong horse,
  3. bet one's ass,
  4. bet.,
  5. beta,
  6. beta brass,
  7. beta carotene,
  8. beta cell,
  9. beta coefficient,
  10. beta crucis

Compare alpha blocker.

Origin of beta blocker

First recorded in 1975–80

Related formsbe·ta-block·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for beta-blocker

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British Dictionary definitions for beta-blocker



any of a class of drugs, such as propranolol, that inhibit the activity of the nerves that are stimulated by adrenaline; they therefore decrease the contraction and speed of the heart: used in the treatment of high blood pressure and angina pectoris
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Medicine definitions for beta-blocker



A drug that opposes the excitatory effects of norepinephrine released from sympathetic nerve endings at beta-adrenergic receptors and is used for the treatment of angina, hypertension, arrhythmia, and migraine.beta-adrenergic blocking agent

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Science definitions for beta-blocker



A drug that blocks the excitatory effects of epinephrine on the cardiovascular system by binding to cell-surface receptors (called beta-receptors). Beta-blockers are used to treat high blood pressure, angina, and certain abnormal heart rhythms.
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