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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

histone deacetylase inhibitor  listen  (HIS-tone dee-uh-SEH-tih-lays in-HIH-bih-ter)

  A substance that causes a chemical change that stops tumor cells from dividing. Histone deacetylase inhibitors are being studied in the treatment of cancer. Also called HDAC inhibitor.