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statin

[ stat-n ]
/ ˈstæt n /
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noun Pharmacology.
any of a class of drugs that reduce the levels of lipids in the blood by altering the enzyme activity in the liver that produces lipids: used in the prevention and treatment of heart disease.
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Origin of statin

First recorded in 1985–90; extracted from (lova)statin and other drugs in this class
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British Dictionary definitions for statin

statin
/ (ˈstætɪn) /

noun
any of a class of drugs, including atorvastatin and simvastatin, that lower the levels of low-density lipoproteins in the blood by inhibiting the activity of an enzyme involved in the production of cholesterol in the liver
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Scientific definitions for statin

statin
[ stătn ]

Any of a class of drugs that inhibit a key enzyme involved in the synthesis of cholesterol and promote receptor binding of LDL-cholesterol, resulting in decreased levels of serum cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol and increased levels of HDL-cholesterol.
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