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[lawng-ak-ting, long-]
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adjective Pharmacology.
  1. sustained-release.
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Origin of long-acting

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for long-acting


  1. (of a drug) slowly effective after initial dosage, but maintaining its effects over a long period of time, being slowly absorbed and persisting in the tissues before being excretedCompare intermediate-acting, short-acting
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