NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,812 terms related to cancer and medicine.

Browse the dictionary by selecting a letter of the alphabet or by entering a cancer-related word or phrase in the search box.

hydroxymethylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitor
(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.