- a drug that inhibits the action of protease, especially any of a class of antiviral drugs that prevent the cleavage and replication of HIV proteins.
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- any one of a class of antiviral drugs that impair the growth and replication of HIV by inhibiting the action of protease produced by the virus: used in the treatment of AIDS
- An anti-HIV drug that blocks the action of the enzyme protease, which is needed for viral replication.
Protease inhibitors are an example of designer drugs. They sometimes allow AIDS to be managed for long periods of time.
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