NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,119 terms related to cancer and medicine.
- protease inhibitor
- listen (PROH-tee-ays in-HIH-bih-ter)
- A compound that interferes with the ability of certain enzymes to break down proteins. Some protease inhibitors can keep a virus from making copies of itself (for example, AIDS virus protease inhibitors), and some can prevent cancer cells from spreading.