|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|
|[C20: from a(ngiotensin-)c(onverting) e(nzyme) inhibitor]|
ACE inhibitor (ās)
Any of a class of drugs used to treat hypertension and heart failure.
|ACE inhibitor (ās) Pronunciation Key
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.