prodrug

prodrug

[proh-druhg]
noun Pharmacology.
an inactive substance that is converted to a drug within the body by the action of enzymes or other chemicals.

Origin:
pro-1 + drug

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prodrug (ˈprəʊˌdrʌɡ)
 
n
a compound that is itself biologically inactive but is metabolized in the body to produce an active therapeutic drug

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prodrug pro·drug (prō'drŭg')
n.
A class of drugs, initially in inactive form, that are converted into active form in the body by normal metabolic processes.

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