Ace-inhibitor meaning

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Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation and are used to treat hypertension and heart failure.
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Any of a class of drugs, including captopril, that inhibit or block the action of an enzyme (ACE) that produces the powerful vasoconstrictor angiotensin, used to treat high blood pressure, heart failure, diabetic kidney disease, etc.
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Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation and are used to treat hypertension and heart failure.
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Short for angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation by inactivating an enzyme that converts angiotensin I to the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II, used in the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular disorders.
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(medicine) Any one of a class of blood pressure-lowering drugs, including captopril and enalapril, that cause the arteries to widen by preventing the synthesis on angiotensin.
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Origin of ace-inhibitor

  • a(ngiotensin) c(onverting) e(nzyme) inhibitor

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Circa 20th century: from Angiotensin-Converting-Enzyme inhibitor.

    From Wiktionary