ace inhibitor


ace inhibitor

  1. any of a group of vasodilators used in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure.

noun

  1. any one of a class of drugs, including captopril, enalapril, and ramipril, that cause the arteries to widen by preventing the synthesis of angiotensin: used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure

n.

  1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor; any of a class of drugs that reduce peripheral arterial resistance by inactivating an enzyme that converts angiotensin I to the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II, used in the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular disorders.

  1. Short for angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor. Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation by inactivating an enzyme that converts angiotensin I to the vasoconstrictor angiotensin II, used in the treatment of hypertension, congestive heart failure, and other cardiovascular disorders. See also angiotensin.

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