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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor  listen  (SY-kloh-OK-sih-jeh-NAYS-2 in-HIH-bih-ter)

  A nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug used to relieve pain and inflammation. Cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors are being studied in the prevention of colon polyps, and as anticancer drugs. Also called COX-2 inhibitor.