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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor  listen  (hy-DROK-see-MEH-thul-GLOO-tuh-ril-koh-EN-zime A ree-DUK-tays in-HIH-bih-ter)

  A substance that blocks an enzyme needed by the body to make cholesterol and lowers the amount of cholesterol in the blood. Hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor drugs are called statins. Also called HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor.