protease inhibitors

protease inhibitor

noun Pharmacology.
a drug that inhibits the action of protease, especially any of a class of antiviral drugs that prevent the cleavage and replication of HIV proteins.
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protease inhibitor
 
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any one of a class of antiviral drugs that impair the growth and replication of HIV by inhibiting the action of protease produced by the virus: used in the treatment of AIDS

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protease inhibitor n.
An anti-HIV drug that blocks the action of the enzyme protease, which is needed for viral replication.

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protease inhibitors [(proh-tee-ays)]

A class of pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of AIDS. It works by blocking the action of a protein that HIV needs to reproduce itself.

Note: Protease inhibitors are an example of designer drugs. They sometimes allow AIDS to be managed for long periods of time.
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