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Any of a class of drugs that cause vasodilation and are used to treat hypertension and heart failure.
[a(ngiotensin) c(onverting) e(nzyme) inhibitor.]
(Pharmacology) 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′ inhib`itor(eɪs, ˈeɪˈsiˈi)
any of a group of vasodilator drugs used in the treatment of hypertension and heart failure.
[1980–85; A(ngiotensin)-C(onverting) E(nzyme)]
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|Noun||1.||ACE inhibitor - an antihypertensive drug that blocks the formation of angiotensin II in the kidney, leading to relaxation of the arteries; promotes the excretion of salt and water by inhibiting the activity of the angiotensin converting enzyme; also used to treat congestive heart failure|
Capoten, captopril - a drug (trade name Capoten) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidneys resulting in vasodilation; used in the treatment of hypertension and congestive heart failure
enalapril, Vasotec - an ACE inhibitor (trade name Vasotec) that blocks the formation of angiotensin in the kidney and so results in vasodilation; administered after heart attacks
lisinopril, Prinival, Zestril - an ACE inhibiting drug (trade names Prinival or Zestril) administered as an antihypertensive and after heart attacks
Altace, ramipril - an ACE inhibitor (trade name Altace) used to treat high blood pressure or in some patients who have had a heart attack