[ 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for prodrug


/ (ˈprəʊˌdrʌɡ) /


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


[ prōdrŭg′ ]


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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