See also: -statin

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EtymologyEdit

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.
    • 2020 September 21, Jane E. Brody, “For Older People, Reassuring News in the Statin Debate”, in New York Times[1]:
      Among the latest are reports of the ability of several leading statins to reduce deaths from common cancers and blunt the decline of memory with age.
  2. (endocrinology) An inhibiting hormone; a hormone that is involved primarily in inhibiting the release of another hormone.

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