statin

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From the suffix -statin, from terms such as lovastatin and simvastatin.

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statin ‎(plural statins)

  1. (pharmacology) Any of a class of drugs (chiefly lactones or pyrroles) that lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood by inhibiting an enzyme involved in its biosynthesis.
  2. (endocrinology) An inhibiting hormone; a hormone that is involved primarily in inhibiting the release of another hormone.

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