lovastatin

[ loh-vuh-stat-n ]
/ ˌloʊ vəˈstæt n /

noun

a drug, C24H36O8, that reduces the levels of fats in the blood by altering the enzyme activity in the liver that produces lipids.

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Origin of lovastatin

First recorded in 1985–90; a pharmaceutical coinage

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Medical definitions for lovastatin

lovastatin
[ lōvə-stăt′n ]

n.

A statin drug isolated from a strain of Aspergillus terreus, used to treat hyperlipidemia.
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