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.
Inhibit vs. ProhibitThough both words have similar definitions, inhibit and prohibit aren’t interchangeable. In general, someone is inhibited by internal feelings or prohibited by an external source.
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British Dictionary definitions for protease inhibitors
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
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Medicine definitions for protease inhibitors
An anti-HIV drug that blocks the action of the enzyme protease, which is needed for viral replication.
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Culture definitions for protease inhibitors
[ (proh-tee-ays) ]
Protease inhibitors are an example of designer drugs. They sometimes allow AIDS to be managed for long periods of time.
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