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competitive inhibition

competitive inhibition in Medicine

competitive inhibition n.
Blockage of the action of an enzyme on its substrate by replacement of the substrate with a similar but inactive compound that can combine with the active site of the enzyme but that is not acted upon or split by the enzyme. Also called selective inhibition.

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